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Franklin Mountains State Park

1331 McKelligon Canyon Road, El Paso, TX 79930
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Ranked #6 of 48 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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Columbia, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

While not as beautiful as the Smokies, this was an amazing experience will staying in El Paso. Some of the trails are not as clear cut as I would have liked, but it led to a lot of exploration. Beautiful views and great locations.

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San Carlos, California, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I was in El Paso on business and stayed over on the weekend. I took a Saturday hike from the first trailhead I found heading West to East on the Transmountain Rd. at Smuggler's Gap. Somehow I missed a trail sign as I was watching out for snakes on the trail and ended up going straight up the gap. Even... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The Franklin Mountains State Park is one of the most beautiful places in the border area of Texas and New Mexico. The highest peak of the Pre- Cambrian rocks is the North Franklin Mt at over 7000 feet. Beside a mountain chain a surface of about 60 mi.², strewn with boulders, makes it impossible to discover the whole park in... More

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Dothan, Alabama
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149 reviews 149 reviews
22 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This is a must for anyone coming to El Paso, you have got to go up in the mountains. The view is awesome from up here! You will get a different appreciation of the vast metropolis that seems to spread out over the dessert for hundreds of miles. Also, I enjoyed looking at the plant life and many rock formations.... More

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El Paso, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

There is no place better for hikers and serious climbers. Probably the largest natural area near a large urban area in the US. People do come from around the world to enjoy it. Come in October during the Celebration of Our Mountains. There are many events, organized excursions and lectures.

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El Paso, Texas
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

If you can appreciate the beauty of the desert this is a wonderful place. The hikes to the peaks offers incredible vistas. After a rain the desert comes to life with the cacti in full bloom! The state finally figured out that the desert gets hot and now opens the gates at 6:30am on weekends from April thru September. One... More

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El Paso, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

In case you don't know this, but this park is the largest urban park in the United States. The second largest is Central Park. It would take 3250 Central Parks to fill FMSP.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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130 reviews 130 reviews
57 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

If your visit to El Paso/Juarez does not include a trip to the Franklin Mountains State Park, I'm not sure it is complete. What an amazing trip and hike. I entered the park on the Transmountain Highway and from there, access to the park is limited by car. To reach the main entrance, you have to enter at a different... More

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Morehead City, North Carolina
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62 reviews 62 reviews
14 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Easy drive from El Paso with great views in every direction. Pick a trail and go. Take time to look closely at the plants and enjoy the view near and far. Careful with your pets so they don't unintentionally step on something prickly. My attached photographs show some plants up close...have a look.

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

With the fee to walk the trails they could get someone to clean the bathrooms. The worst I have ever seen. You would be better off ___ing on a cactus.

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