Franklin Mountains State Park - Texas Parks and Wildlife

Franklin Mountains State Park - Texas Parks and Wildlife The Franklin Mountains State Park is comprised of almost 26,000 acres of wilderness and offers excellent opportunities to camp, hike, bike, bird watch, paraglide, rock climb, and to be used as a classroom for kids from the age of 1 to 99.
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The Franklin Mountains State Park is the largest urban wilderness park in the continental United States, with geological features that chronicle 1.25 billion years of earth’s history. Adventure awaits you in the Chihuahuan Desert whether it be observing the wildlife, investigating the geology, or partaking in any of the great recreational activities that are offered at the Franklin Mountains State Park. The park is open 7 days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; summer hours will begin sometime in April, so stay tuned for the extended hours changes. Guided tours/hikes are available the first and third weekends of each month. Call ahead to acquire the hiking schedule and to make your reservations: (915) 566-6441. Support your state parks by purchasing a Texas State Parks Pass! Parks Pass Holders don't have to pay the entrance fee to any of the 93 state parks. The park serves as an excellent location for family reunions, fitness training grounds with over 100 miles of trail throughout the park, to bridge class room discussions with the tangible qualities of nature, as a peaceful getaway from the city, camping, and much more. Comment Guidelines: http://on.fb.me/cWf2LL

Mission: Texas Parks and Wildlife Mission: To manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

‼️ALERT‼️ Saturday, May 30th - All Day-Use entry permits for the day are sold out. To make a future reservation for anot...
05/30/2020

‼️ALERT‼️ Saturday, May 30th - All Day-Use entry permits for the day are sold out. To make a future reservation for another day, visit TexasStateParks.ReserveAmerica.com

McKelligon Canyon Road is open for walking, jogging, running, and biking. Hiking is NOT permitted; the trails there are ...
05/25/2020

McKelligon Canyon Road is open for walking, jogging, running, and biking. Hiking is NOT permitted; the trails there are CLOSED.

‼️ALERT‼️ Monday, May 25 - All Day-Use entry permits for the day are sold out. To make a future reservation for another ...
05/25/2020

‼️ALERT‼️ Monday, May 25 - All Day-Use entry permits for the day are sold out. To make a future reservation for another day, visit TexasStateParks.ReserveAmerica.com

‼️ALERT‼️ Sunday, May 24 - All Day-Use entry permits for the day are sold out. To make a future reservation for another ...
05/24/2020

‼️ALERT‼️ Sunday, May 24 - All Day-Use entry permits for the day are sold out. To make a future reservation for another day, visit TexasStateParks.ReserveAmerica.com

‼️ALERT‼️ Saturday, May 23 - All Day-Use passes for the day are sold out. To make a future reservation for another day, ...
05/23/2020

‼️ALERT‼️ Saturday, May 23 - All Day-Use passes for the day are sold out. To make a future reservation for another day, visit TexasStateParks.ReserveAmerica.com

El parque reabrirá para uso limitado diurno a partir del 22 de mayo. Los visitantes deben comprar pases de entrada para ...
05/21/2020

El parque reabrirá para uso limitado diurno a partir del 22 de mayo. Los visitantes deben comprar pases de entrada para un día antes de visitar. No se permitirá el acceso sin pases y no se permitirá acampar durante la noche por el momento. https://bit.ly/FranklinMtnsES

Para comprar un pase y visitar por el día, visite TexasStateParks.ReserveAmerica.com

Franklin Mountains State Park will open the Tom Mays and Northeast units for limited day use starting Friday, May 22. Th...
05/21/2020

Franklin Mountains State Park will open the Tom Mays and Northeast units for limited day use starting Friday, May 22. The Ron Coleman trail will remain closed until further notice. Visitors must purchase day passes in advance. No walk-in reservations or overnight camping will be available at this time. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/FranklinMtnsDayUse

To buy a day pass, visit TexasStateParks.ReserveAmerica.com

It's #LoveATreeDay ! Here is a shot of the Cottonwood at West Cottonwood Springs from earlier this year. I also love the...
05/16/2020

It's #LoveATreeDay ! Here is a shot of the Cottonwood at West Cottonwood Springs from earlier this year. I also love the Choke Cherries that were blooming at the time.

05/02/2020

Hike to Aztec Caves

While the park remains closed, I (Ranger Lydia) would like to continue to do my best to provide you with opportunities t...
05/01/2020

While the park remains closed, I (Ranger Lydia) would like to continue to do my best to provide you with opportunities to enjoy the park remotely. By popular request, I will hike to Aztec Caves tomorrow morning and bring along anyone who would like to tune in via Facebook live from the safety of your own home. Live video starts at 9:00 am.

05/01/2020

Another Friday has come and we have another "Field Trip Friday" to share with you. This time it is interactive! Find something around you or in the photos that you find inspiring and sketch, draw, write, or paint it. Share your final products in the comments!

04/24/2020

Field Trip Friday #4 is here along with the city nature challenge! This is a worldwide challenge to take a moment to observe and appreciate the nature in your own backyard. "Due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation and its global impact, the 2020 City Nature Challenge will not be a competition. Instead, participants are encouraged to embrace the collaborative aspect of sharing observations online with a digital community, and celebrate the healing power of nature safely, with social distancing, as they document their local biodiversity to the best of their ability within new public safety parameters. It is imperative that participants closely follow federal, state, and local public health guidelines as they are updated in real-time in response to COVID-19." (TPWD News release) For more information and to join in, go to citynaturechallenge.org

Due to a range of operational related issues, a select number of Texas State Parks will not be ready for reopening on Mo...
04/18/2020

Due to a range of operational related issues, a select number of Texas State Parks will not be ready for reopening on Monday including Franklin Mountains State Park. We will be sure to keep the public informed of the latest information regarding a reopening date when it has been determined. For more information, visit TexasStateParks.org

04/18/2020

Nature walk continued

04/18/2020

Nature Walk Vitual Hike

Join Ranger Lydia at 2:00 pm today for a virtual hike to the Nature Walk trail! Location: Facebook Live (from your couch...
04/18/2020

Join Ranger Lydia at 2:00 pm today for a virtual hike to the Nature Walk trail!
Location: Facebook Live (from your couch, kitchen table, backyard, or home treadmill)
Bring: water (because you should always be hydrating) and comfortable clothes (because who would want to wear uncomfortable clothes)
Stay safe!
See you soon!

04/17/2020

It is time for another field trip. This week I take you behind the scenes and show you what our park rangers have been doing while the park is closed. If you want to see more, keep an eye on our stories for the next couple days as we highlight the different jobs that need to be done in the park. #GettingBetterForYou #FranklinMountainsStatePark

Hello everyone! Friendly reminder that all El Paso state parks will remain closed until further notice. Stay healthy!
04/17/2020

Hello everyone! Friendly reminder that all El Paso state parks will remain closed until further notice. Stay healthy!

04/10/2020

It's Field trip Friday #2, and the wind is trying to steal the show. Even though parks are closed I want to continue sharing this amazing wilderness with you. Stay healthy!
#BetterOutside #FranklinMountainsStatePark

To our loyal Texas State Park Pass Holder,We hope you and your family are well during these challenging times. Given thi...
04/08/2020

To our loyal Texas State Park Pass Holder,
We hope you and your family are well during these challenging times. Given this closure, we will be extending the life of your parks pass by two months. Additional time may be added if closures continue. This extension will happen automatically for anyone whose pass was active on April 7, 2020. There is no action required by you, though it may take a few weeks before you see the added time on your online account. We appreciate your patience. We truly appreciate the continued trust and loyalty that you place in us. We look forward to welcoming you to a Texas State Park in the future. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/StateParkInformation

At the direction of Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas State Parks will be closed to the public effective at the close of business ...
04/07/2020

At the direction of Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas State Parks will be closed to the public effective at the close of business Tuesday, April 7 in order to maintain the safest environment for visitors, volunteers and staff. We will continue to stay current with the latest public health recommendations and will announce when a definite reopening date has been determined. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/StateParksClose

04/05/2020

Virtual tour to Schaeffer Shuffle

04/04/2020

Hello! This is the first "Fieldtrip Friday" at Franklin Mountains State Park. I am still trying to iron out some kinks, but hopefully you will see one of these videos come out about every week. Enjoy the scenery and learn something new about your Chihuahuan desert home. #BetterOutside Special thanks to our park volunteer who donated the GoPro I used to film this. Thank you!

04/01/2020
EL PASO POLICE DEPARTMENT

EL PASO POLICE DEPARTMENT

For the Month of March the El Paso Combined Search and Rescue Team (COMSAR) assisted parties at least 9 times off the Franklin Mountains. Here are some safety tips COMSAR recommends while hiking the Franklins.

Be careful out there and help us out by getting your entrance permits online before leaving home, avoiding crowded areas...
04/01/2020

Be careful out there and help us out by getting your entrance permits online before leaving home, avoiding crowded areas (like Aztec Caves and West Cottonwood Springs trailheads), and carrying your trash out of the park with you. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

03/26/2020

Remember to get your permit online before coming to the park!

03/22/2020

Cardiac trail hike

For anyone who would like a click by click guide to getting your entrance permit online, here is a lovely PowerPoint pre...
03/21/2020

For anyone who would like a click by click guide to getting your entrance permit online, here is a lovely PowerPoint presentation for you. Please DM with specific questions.

Starting at 8 am, Saturday, March 21, to further enhance the safety of visitors and staff, Texas State Parks will no lon...
03/21/2020

Starting at 8 am, Saturday, March 21, to further enhance the safety of visitors and staff, Texas State Parks will no longer accept check or cash payments until further notice. We will accept card payments, but visitors are strongly encouraged to pre-purchase and print camping and day-use permits through the TexasStateParks.reserveamerica.com before traveling to the park. For more information, visit TexasStateParks.org

03/20/2020

Good morning! Want to get into the sport of birding? Here is a quick Birding 101 guide for you. Be safe and have fun! #betteroutside #franklinmountainsstatepark

Texas Parks and Wildlife
03/19/2020
Texas Parks and Wildlife

Texas Parks and Wildlife

**UPDATE** At this time, most State Parks are open but with limited operations. Before heading out, please check the status of your park at http://bit.ly/TXParkAlerts

After careful evaluation of the ongoing public health situation, Texas State Parks will be limiting park programming and closing public access to park headquarters, visitor centers and park stores starting at 12 p.m. Thursday, March 19. Please check the Texas State Parks Alert Map for the latest information about your park at http://bit.ly/TXParkAlerts.

We will continue to monitor the evolving health situation with local and state officials and will adjust operations as necessary. Here are the details: http://bit.ly/ParkOperations

03/18/2020

Which of the following type of programming would you be most interested in participating in in the next two weeks?
A. Virtual Hikes- join a ranger on Facebook live to learn more about the park resources
B. Self Guided hikes - Use posted directions and on-site flagging to follow a designated route and learn about the sights along the way.

Looking to learn more about State Parks from the inside? Check out these opportunities!
03/15/2020

Looking to learn more about State Parks from the inside? Check out these opportunities!

A great group of women joined me for a Hike this windy morning! So glad you all decided to share the day with me! #bette...
01/18/2020

A great group of women joined me for a Hike this windy morning! So glad you all decided to share the day with me! #betteroutside #franklinmountainsstatepark #franklinmountains

Good morning Franklin Mountains!  #wildlifewednesday Photo by Ranger Mendez 1.8.2020
01/08/2020

Good morning Franklin Mountains! #wildlifewednesday
Photo by Ranger Mendez 1.8.2020

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2900 Tom Mays Access Road
El Paso, TX
79911

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WEATHER: Enjoyable weather even during Winter months with temperatures ranging from approximately 32F to 60F. Summer temperature ranges are from 68F to 95F. Spring and Fall are usually mild seasons with sunny days and cool nights. Annual precipitation ranges from 7 inches to 10 inches. Showers may occur anytime of the year, with thunderstorm activity peaking during July and August. Busy Visitor Season: Spring (especially Easter) and Fall.

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It's been almost a month (TX state parks opened April 20, it's now May 18), and FMSP is still not open. I can now go out to eat in a local restaurant and shop around town at will, yet the largest public open space in El Paso is still shuttered. Why has the state kept the Franklins closed in light of loosening restrictions elsewhere? It seems like a no brainer... forbid large picnics, limit people admitted to developed areas (Tom Mays, McKelligon), and let folks hike in the rest of the park. Thanks.
OK..Come on..time to open up! How can you justify keeping the park closed any longer ???????
Franklin Mountains State Park is one of the loneliest parks in the system. This park serves a great need for outdoor recreation in the El Paso area. Much of the park is undeveloped and underdeveloped (which is great), surely these areas present no health problem and should be open. If you think limiting visitors in McKelligon and the Tom Mays section is prudent, and forbidding picnicking in these areas, and/or forbidding rock climbing at Sneeds is smart, then do that, but do not lock up the largest urban park in the US because of local politics. There is no danger of COVID19 in the hills. I can can tell you that. Unless you get it from lizards and desert flowers, we are safe out there. Tell the Governor we need to open the Frankins. I know I have, and will continue.
Will McKelligon Canyon remain open?
There are a number of job openings in the agency right now including Park Interpreter positions at parks all over Texas. One that may be of interest to some of you is the student internship this summer at Franklin Mountains State Park. If you or someone you know is interested in an internship at a State Park here in El Paso and is a current college student or recent grad, apply before March 13th.
Are there any hikes scheduled for March?
Feb 22, 2020 A beautiful day for a women's hike 🚶‍♀️💕
Want to thank the Texas Parks and Wildlife for an interesting and informative hike to the Agave Loop. A big thank you to Lydia our guide and her volunteers for taking care of us.
Que mejor manera de celebrar el cumpleanos 19 de mi hija...que disfrutando de la naturaleza al aire libre! 💕🚶‍♀️💕🚶‍♀️💕
I love using Franklin Mountain State Parks, however the staff is ungodly slow at the entry. They are rude and have no motivation to get people checked in. I have an annual pass and it’s STILL brutal to get into the park. There were TWO Park rangers at the century and only one was admitting people. I feel that with simple training this problem could be eliminated.
The Franklin Mountains Trail Run, part of the Skyrunner USA Series, is three days of running, Nov 8-10, in El Paso, TX through Franklin Mountains State Park. Run steep up North Franklin Peak for the King/Queen of the Mountain, 27K and 50K or simply enjoy the majesty of it all with a 5K, 10K, half marathon. TROT support, swag, finisher medals and free race pictures. https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=67216
Get involved or participate!!! -Join an NMMI Team -Join the discussion -Share the event news to fellow NMMI alums in your areas. Open to all NMMI Alumni, Family & Friends: Register today and you're on your way to honor those of Bataan.