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Franklin Mountains State Park

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Address: 1331 McKelligon Canyon Rd, El Paso, TX 79930-2649
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+1 915-566-6441

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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bring water, sunscreen, and protective clothing

Great trails, but make sure to look up the trails online on a map or alltrails before you come because we couldn't find a trail map or anything once we were there, and there... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great trails, but make sure to look up the trails online on a map or alltrails before you come because we couldn't find a trail map or anything once we were there, and there weren't any employees to ask. It was self pay, $10, so have cash. You will get a sticky piece of paper to stick on your car... More 

Thank samimae
El Paso, Texas
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful State Park. Not too crowded, and affords some interesting hikes, and beautiful views. Highly recommend!

Thank WTXGuy
El Paso, Texas
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65 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been hiking in the Franklin Mountains for a couple years. I think I've been to most of the trails. My favorites are the Tin Mines, Ron Coleman, and Anthony Gap Cave Trail. So many different places to hike and being right next to the city is great. Beautiful views of El Paso, the deserts beyond, New Mexico and Mexico.... More 

1 Thank Kyle C
El Paso
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27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

The Franklin Mountains offer many hikes based on experience level. All are a great opportunity to enjoy El Paso's great weather and unique desert landscape. Aztec Cave is one of the easier hikes and is a great way to spend the afternoon with family and friends of all ages. Wear good shoes with traction as the last portion of the... More 

Thank LPofEP
Alamogordo, New Mexico
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106 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

This park is surrounded by the city of El Paso and is a real treasure. The views are great and there are hiking trails to suit all skill levels. The nature trail has a nice area with a bird blind I could have spent the whole afternoon in! If you're camping, shade is minimal but lots of sites have shelters.... More 

1 Thank Kate G
El Paso, Texas
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

There are a few good trails to hike with a variety of rock formations, flowers and shrubbery. Likely to see lizards but not much else.

Thank EricBoydL
el paso
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74 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

They charge you five dollars per person for access; there's pretty not much other than a nice hiking trail up to the top and over ; great views of el Paso

Thank ElPasoMaker
Nashville, Tennessee
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166 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

We hiked the Aztec Caves trail and the Agave Loop trail on a pleasant sunny day and they were excellent hikes. We are experienced hikers, having hiked in more than 35 states - and it is rare to find such a great park with such horrible signage. Locals have no problem because they know all the trails, but people who... More 

3 Thank DavidLou
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68 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

Coming down from the trail, were pretty sure that arriving at the gate to leave at 5:05 pm would be okay...that there would still be a way out. The ranger who came to check our pass earlier didn't say a word of warning....but yes, indeed the gate is locked at the precise moment they say it will be. Our idea... More 

1 Thank beegood55
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017

Good for a state park. Wish I had had more time to explore the trails. Recommend for a brief drive or a possible hiking experience.

Thank Schelly D

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