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Franklin Mountains State Park

1331 McKelligon Canyon Road, El Paso, TX 79930
915-566-6441
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Ranked #3 of 51 Attractions in El Paso
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Activities: Mountain biking
Description: America's largest urban park measures more than 24,247 acres, covering 37 square miles.
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Bat Yam, Israel
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93 reviews 93 reviews
31 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Went there with my wife in July 2014 My wife quit it in the early going since she isn't into hiking, so I continued alone. It was just amazing! The views you get once hiking are priceless! I saw a bit of wildlife, didn't get to see an rattlesnake (I wanted to, but on the other hand - really?!?) Took... More

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Harker Heights
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81 reviews 81 reviews
40 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

Hiked trail in Tom Mays unit to Aztec Caves. Parked car at trailhead. Trail is basically up to cave and down on return hike. About 1.7 mile round trip. Approach to cave is fairly steep, just take your time. Trail is very rocky in place, watch your footing. The cave is basically two large lava holes cut into side of... More

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Belleville, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This is a great picnic area, and the view of El Paso from here is awesome. That said, the real thrill is in hiking/climbing up to the peak. Be advised that the park closes at either 5 or 10 depending on where you are. The key, however, is when sun sets as this is a challenging climb and getting down... More

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El Paso, Texas, USA
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195 reviews 195 reviews
53 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

There are plenty of easier and softer trails in the northeast. There are not any services, so don't plan on much. But, there is at least one latrine if you head north and a built-in cooler with water at the end of one of the mountain-crossing trails. Just stay on the trail to avoid getting stuck in the stream beds... More

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Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I moved here from the East Coast and became a little dissapointed by not being able to see all of the greenery and wildlife back home. After a visit to the park, I realised that the desert is very much alive!. There are many great hiking trails here to go and explore. I highly recommend spending a day here!

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el paso, tx
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Excellent outdoor adventure. Great for all levels of hiking, good picnic sites. Hike to the top of different trails and enjoy a view that only in the desert you can see. Be prepared for the weather, summers are extremely hot, and winters are mild. Hot weather needs require plenty of water and good head protection. Cold fronts also bring in... More

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El Paso, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Stayed in El Paso a few weeks and wanted to get out and do something on a long weekend, found this park and went to do some trail hiking. This place was nice, plenty of small villas for family picnics, the park was clean, and the trails we nice. If you are in town and want to go and to... More

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Newport News, Virginia
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153 reviews 153 reviews
52 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

If you want to hike over the mountains, there are trails to follow. Just be prepared with snacks and water. I would also have a ride on the other side if you are not prepared to climb back over the mountain. I took my seven year old daughter to the top of the mountain with me and then back down... More

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Hambergen, Germany
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53 reviews 53 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I did some of the trails at Franklin Mountain State Park, but I highly recommend the trail to North Franklin Mountain (summit at 7192 ft). Starting at Tom Mays Unit the trail winds up through the mountains with breath-taking views into the Rio Grande Valley and later to the eastside of El Paso. You have to cover a distance of... More

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Novi, Michigan
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23 reviews 23 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

My brother and I took his daughters along with my son . My nieces were thrilled to see the lizards and desert scenery as we walked into the museum. Educational for children to see the exhibits of how life was for families to survive. Small museum, just enough to keep the attention of children. Beautiful view of the a Franklin... More

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