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Franklin Mountains State Park

Address: 1331 McKelligon Canyon Road, El Paso, TX 79930
Phone Number: 915-566-6441
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Ranked #2 of 39 Attractions in El Paso
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Mountain biking
Owner description: America's largest urban park measures more than 24,247 acres, covering 37 square miles.
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Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Mountain biking
Owner description: America's largest urban park measures more than 24,247 acres, covering 37 square miles.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Amazing. Stunning. Beautiful. A true hikers/ trail runners dream!!!! The trails are not busy here- which is odd, but nice! We did schaffers shuffle, since weather wasn't pleasant for hiking up to the peak. We did 6 miles, and are going for more tomorrow. We were told lots of snakes during summer and very windy in spring. No potable water... More 

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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We have been here a couple times and enjoyed it. One area has just hiking trails and the other has covered picnic tables and hiking and a few camping spots. Beautiful scenery! Some trails are pretty difficult! Some are nice and easy. Well maintained and helpful, friendly personnel! There is an entrance fee.

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Dallas, Texas
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197 reviews 197 reviews
102 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We enjoyed a great hike, slightly over 1 mile up a rocky path to a small cave (really a hole in the rocks) on a cold day in December. We were well dressed with hiking boots and winter clothing so it was a blast. Beautiful views looking up and down the canyon. We did pass a few people coming and... More 

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Round Rock, TX
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

There is a very short drive into the Mountains with some scenery. However after the short drive you have to hike in order to see the rest of what beauty the mountains hold. If you really like hiking and are in good to excellent shape maybe this park is for you.

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El Paso, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Recently moved to El Paso and am an avid hiker. My husband, son and I headed out a bit late on a Sunday in October to check out Franklin Mountains State Park, Tom Mays Unit off the Trans Mountain Highway. Upon reaching the entrance kiosk we discovered we only had two hours before closing so chose the Agave Caves trail,... More 

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Austin
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26 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

For a break from the city, can't do better than taking the Woodrow Bean through the Franklin Mountains. Scenic vistas!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

There were empty beer can and alcohol bottles everywhere. Broken glass, bottle tops, etc. it was pretty sad.

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El Paso, Texas
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13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I started on the west side went to the top and trail it back to the west side. Some like to cross and go west to east or east to west. If you do it in the summer take plenty of water for 2 hours or so. Part of the trail has a lot of sharp rock so don't wear... More 

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El Paso, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I normally set out for day hikes at a reasonable time so that I will be back at my vehicle before it gets dark. Sometimes that is impossible to do. There will be times when you find yourself still far away from comfort and night rapidly is falling. For whatever reason, this happens to many hikers despite research, trip planning... More 

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Oxford, Alabama
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10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I was sitting atop an overview in my car as a thunderstorm was coming thru. I saw every bolt of that powerful storm hit the valley floor. Amazing!! I watched the entire storm roll across and stayed even after it was long gone. El Paso has some of the most beautiful land and all you have to do is drive... More 

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