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Franklin Mountains State Park

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Address: 1331 McKelligon Canyon Road, El Paso, TX 79930
Phone Number: 915-566-6441
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Activities: Mountain biking
Description: America's largest urban park measures more than 24,247 acres, covering 37...
America's largest urban park measures more than 24,247 acres, covering 37 square miles.
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This park was very nice, the self guided tour wasn't all that great due to the small area we were permitted to. If I was to recommend this place to anyone I would suggest to make... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Mebane, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

Our group was not ready to hike and the ranger must have figured it out since he told us we looked suspicious. Searching for the Wyler Aerial Tramway we took a wrong turn and ended up on a mountain drive. Enjoyed the landscape and the pleasant ranger gave us more specific information to reach our original destination.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This park was very nice, the self guided tour wasn't all that great due to the small area we were permitted to. If I was to recommend this place to anyone I would suggest to make reservations for a guided tour to see 3x as much of the area. Overall it was a great visit.

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Woodland Park, Colorado
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111 reviews 111 reviews
47 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Go to the top, take pictures, if you have more time you will love a hike. Carry water there are no services at the top. There are bathrooms. It is a must do if you have the time

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Richfield, Minnesota, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Took the drive around the park and talked with the ranger for a bit, he gave us some history of the area.

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Sao Carlos, SP, Brasil
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

You get to see Juarez and El Paso in a pretty amazing view. Go watch the sunset, it's pretty remarkable.

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El Paso, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Drove in one day out of curiosity, Rangers were extremely nice, courteous, and very knowledgeable!! They let me take a free drivig tour of the park and explained all of the amenities such as parking, camping, picnic and bathroom areas, hiking trails and a mining trail tour to old mines used years ago!! There was still snow on the mountain... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Franklin Mountains State Park occupies the mountain range that divides east and west El Paso. The mountains contain numerous impressive rock and cliff formations as well as a variety of desert flora. Anytime other than the summer months are ideal for a short hike or a strenuous trek along and over the ridgeline.

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El Paso, Texas
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Can be real challenging. Never hike alone. Give you plans to someone, just in case you don't return as planned !

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Hutto, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Very pretty mountains! If you are hiking, take water! Easy trails & intermediate trails! Dry, so NO SMOKING or FIRES! The mountains are awesome & the view of El Paso & Mexico is something to behold!

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Battle Creek, Michigan
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

As a walker, it is easy to be seduced by this park. I felt up close and personal with wild Texas and alone but never fearful. I watched a soaring hawk--from above!--and saw a snake that skedattled from me faster than I did from him. On the Upper Sunset trail there is an old Indian grind hole where they prepared... More 

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