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“So close and so far away”

Franklin Mountains State Park
Ranked #3 of 94 things to do in El Paso
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: America's largest urban park measures more than 24,247 acres, covering 37 square miles.
El Paso, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
714 reviews
153 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 276 helpful votes
“So close and so far away”
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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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Mountain Biker's Dreams Come True in This Hiker's Paradise.”
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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El Paso, Texas
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Looks like Mars”
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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Newport News, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Largest state park within a city”
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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El Paso, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
291 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Special Place”
Reviewed July 27, 2012

We have gone hiking several times in the park - a couple of times at the Wyler Aerial Tramway and several times on the Ron Coleman Trail. From a distance the mountains look bare, but up close there is much to see if you like nature: plants, birds, lizards. If you hike here, make sure you have a walking stick. They are provided at the tramway trail. The park is a peaceful place to be, and has the distinction of being the only state park located entirely within the confines of a city. This park provides a great opportunity to see how much life there actually is in the Chihuahuan desert. We always enjoy it.

Visited November 2011
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