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“No better place to hike in El Paso” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Franklin Mountains State Park

Franklin Mountains State Park
1331 McKelligon Canyon Road, El Paso, TX 79930
915-566-6441
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Ranked #5 of 122 things to do in El Paso
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Mountain biking
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Owner description: America's largest urban park measures more than 24,247 acres, covering 37 square miles.
El Paso, Texas
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“No better place to hike in El Paso”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Entrance fee is $5. This is a desert park - no tree shades etc. Plus the trail the climb up the mountain is laid mostly with rocks...so wear study hiking shoes (mine has a steel reinforced base plate). I prefer to drive 40 miles to Las Cruses to hike in Organs Mountain (BLM land). It is more pretty there.

Visited September 2012
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“So close and so far away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

At one time, this gorgeous wild area was nearly lost to developers and (expensive) housing tracts, but fortunately, El Pasoans voted to buy and keep the area as natural as possible. It does have a cable lift on the Eastside, which is also considered part of the state park system.

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“Mountain Biker's Dreams Come True in This Hiker's Paradise.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012 via mobile

The Frankins are known for Red Rock. There are Hundreds or thousands of trails that take you to untouched beauty. Explore developed trails at the Tom Mays State Park located on the west side, or treck through lazy cow or the tin mines on the north east side.

There are cool caves, rock windows and even a witches altar in these mountains.
The desert flowers and cacti add so many shades of color to the landscape that is not visible from the road...so get out and enjoy!

The mountain biking is SICK! The west side provides technical hard single track trails that allow you to get a killer workout while you absorbe some heat and desert beauty. The north east trails give you more beginner and intermediate single track trails but don't be fooled because there are so many that you may end up attempting to climb to the top and looking down 6500 feet.

This is one must stop in El Paso and all of the line star state!

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“Looks like Mars”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Seriously! I just saw the pictures of the Martian mountains the new rover took and I thought about this park. Beautiful, way above sea level so a little cooler than down below, and a good days hike, after which we can hit a local pub.

Visited February 2012
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“Largest state park within a city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

A great place to spend the early morning or evening. As in the summer the desert gets hot. Depending on the season, there is a great chance to see wildflowers and desert animals. A wonderful place to search for birds, desert rodents, and the wonderful world of insects.

Worth spending a few hours in the cooler hours exploring the desert.

Take a small picnic and a desire to explore the natural world.

Visited May 2012
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