The Franklin Mountains State Park is the largest urban wilderness park in the continental United States, with geological features that chronicle 1.25 billion years of earth’s history. Adventure awaits you in the Chihuahuan Desert whether it be observing the wildlife, investigating the geology, or partaking in any of the great recreational activities that are offered at the Franklin Mountains State Park. The park is open 7 days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; summer hours will begin sometime in April, so stay tuned for the extended hours changes.For Franklin Mountains State Park and beyond, use our El Paso sightseeing tool to get the most from your El Paso vacation.
Guided tours/hikes are available the first and third weekends of each month. Call ahead to acquire the hiking schedule and to make your reservations: (915) 566-6441.
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The park serves as an excellent location for family reunions, fitness training grounds with over 100 miles of trail throughout the park, to bridge class room discussions with the tangible qualities of nature, as a peaceful getaway from the city, camping, and much more.
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Franklin Mountains State Park Reviews
The Franklin Mountains are beautiful. Especially the Tin Mine and Aztec Cave. The Aztec cave hike was less than an hour and was fun to roam around inside. Check out the "Lost Padre Mine" movie... more »
Franklin State Park has a variety of beginner, intermediate and advanced hiking trails. The views are stunning! Quite simply- a gorgeous place to hike or mountain bike. more »
I love coming to the Franklin's because it is huge and has a ton of different trails for different activities such as hiking, biking, camping, and even quading. Animals on a leash are always welcome. Weekdays are free while there is a $5 dollar fee for people over the age of 12 on weekends.
This is a beautiful state park. There are multiple hiking trails of various degrees of difficulty. Even though the park is near a busy highway, you cannot hear the sound of traffic. One of the best features here is a bird hide they have set up. I could sit in there for hours to watch the birds at the watering hole. I have not used their camping services yet, but I suspect they are adequate.
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