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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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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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Nice desert park to hike with a mountain background

My wife and I visited this park when we first moved to El Paso. We like riding our bikes and enjoy the nature. This park is bike friendly with a lot of trails and easy to hike... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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El Paso, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife and I visited this park when we first moved to El Paso. We like riding our bikes and enjoy the nature. This park is bike friendly with a lot of trails and easy to hike too. There are numerous shaded areas that you can set up your picnic at. The scenery is desert with the usual desert wildlife.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not a "Park" in the sense of grass and trees, but a beautiful example of the desert in this area, well taken care of. The geology of the Franklin Mountains is on display and quite striking. Plenty of local flora and even some fauna (occasionally) can be seen in the area. Be prepared to walk and hike.

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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An amazing park, demonstrating the beauty of the desert southwest. Many, many trails, sometimes a little hard to identify. Whether you go from Tommy Mays on the westside or McKelligan Canyon, up over to Mammoth rock and 375, or in the northeast at Chuck Heinrick Park, you will see some gorgeous scenery and get a great workout. There are trails... More 

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Thank 3PintsPub
El Paso, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've definitely been to state parks with more interesting scenery and things to do. But for a desert hike, the Franklin Mountains are great. A great out-and-back hike will take you to what remains of the only fomerly operating tin mine in the US. The park service has made it very safe to visit, with grates over the open areas... More 

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El Paso, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have noticed that El Pasoans, at least some of us, take these amazing mountains for granted. Not on purpose, but I guess growing up around them, we sometimes forget they are there. I work at a hotel, so I am always reminded of them when people visit from out of town. I sometime forget there are cities that do... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Start the children young,let them know that Mother nature is there best friend and can be enjoyed year round with each season bringing different flowers etc..

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We used the scenic drive through the Franklin Mountains. It was simply breath taking. They have several spots to stop if you want to do a picnic or take pictures.

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Waxahachie, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very enjoyable park with many trails to try out. My wife and did the "Aztec" cave trail which wasn't difficult but has got some good elevation gained. Do be aware though the park is seperated into two units. The Tom Mays unit has most of the trails and campsites. The Park HQ is located about 30 min away and... More 

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El Paso
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Great for a short stop, too hot to stay long though! We didn't like having to dodge the HUGE spiders either.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Went overnight camping at the Tom Mays ( west side) entrance, It was a nice and enjoyable evening, Several places to put your tent, grills available, overhead cover with picnic table and a lot of hiking and biking trails.

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