Summary: Start up the trail headed south up the canyon. About 1/2 way up you will cross the TX state line. At the top of the trail, look for a trail to the left and continuing up hill. Follow the trail up. At every fork, choose the higher path. Look for the cave near the top.
NOTE: At the cave, ranger contact is Texas Parks and Wildlife, Franklin Mountain State Park. (915) 566-6441
Trailhead: From El Paso, go west on I-10 about 2 miles past the NM state line. Exit on NM-404, turn right (east). Follow NM-404 east about 5 miles. At the top of the pass, look for a gate on the right (south) side of the road. Enter (CLOSE THE GATE!) and follow the dirt road as far as your vehicle will allow. (Lat:32.0028 Lon:-106.51663)
Trail Guides for FMSP - Anthony Gap Cave:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: For tour contact Park HQ at (915) 566-6441. EMERGENCY - call 911.
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Michael P. Olbrisch, who has posted 71 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Viewer on 2/20/2013
As said before if you want to go into the cave take ropes its only a 6-7 foot drop in but i don't want to risk not getting out. Also make sure you stay to the left when you get to the top of the saddle. we hiked up once before and missed the turn spent a good 4 hours out hiking looking for it. Seond trip found it no problem but didn't have ropes. third time i am taking a rope ladder with me for the climb in hopefully its worth all the work finding it.
Reviewed by Joey on 5/28/2012
This was an abolute favorite!!!! they make it seem they cave is small but there are 52 chambers and you ascend about 200 yards. it is a difficult ascend and is amazing! it really felt like cave explorer!
Reviewed by Viewer on 8/13/2011
Use the gps coordinates described to find thhe gate. There is a bunch of gunshells and targets at the parking area. Hike south up the trail. You will see a little white trail heading between the two peaks. Make sure you keep left at the forks and always head up. When you reach the saddle point of the canyon head around the left peak around the back side. The trail will be somewhat obscure once you start spiraling towards the top. Keep heading up towards the peak on the left back side and right before you hit the top you will find the cave entrance. It isn't hard to climb into the cave but bring a flashlight and you might get muddy. There is a tight spit that you need to belly crawl through to get to the chambers. There are two cool chamber
Reviewed by Eddie on 3/26/2011
Nice short hike not very strenuous. There is alot of trash at the first part of the trail, also trail markers are broken and on floor. The gate 2 the entrance 2 the park is an old barb wire fence,is broken and hard 2 close back up, the fence is keeped locked by a of rope. Shire wish the park service would put up trash cans so people had some were 2 throw away there trash. If u plan 2 go into cave u may need a rope, was unable 2 see how fare in it goes because did not have one. There ISA some trash down in cave.
Reviewed by Mario on 7/2/2010
Good hike, fairly steep, coordinates for listed are for the trail head, these coordinates are for the cave entrance:N 31.99808* W 106.51025*
Reviewed by tim s. on 3/19/2009
I did this hike in Boy Scouts in when it was still largely unknown and highway 404 was just the anthony gap/ el paso gas dirt road. There are several other hikes from the starting point that will take you different lookout/ vantage points.
Reviewed by ICE on 1/20/2009
Lovely, save the fact that individuals are leaving trash. Such a short hike and cave - pack it back out!
Reviewed by jlv on 1/5/2009
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