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

Operating as usual

Today we are taking some time to recognize and appreciate the many volunteers who help further our mission here at Frank...
01/09/2021

Today we are taking some time to recognize and appreciate the many volunteers who help further our mission here at Franklin Mountains State Park. Our volunteers help with everything from litter pick up to bird blind maintenance to graffiti removal. Thank you for all your hard work this year!

These last few weeks, I have had the pleasure of meeting several traveling nurses serving our city as well as our own ho...
12/07/2020

These last few weeks, I have had the pleasure of meeting several traveling nurses serving our city as well as our own homegrown health heroes. This very afternoon I got to chat with a long time regular visitor to the park and Healthcare worker who says she has to come to the park at least once a week for her own wellbeing. If fact research shows that spending time outside decreases depression, stress, and anxiety on top of the other physical benefits of outdoor activities like hiking. Not feeling like your best self? Take a hike! Doctor's orders. #betteroutside #thankshealthheroes

12/02/2020
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Texas Parks and Wildlife

GIVEAWAY!! Today is #GivingTuesday, and we want to give you a Texas State Parks Ornament. Share a picture of your favorite State Park memory below for a chance to win this limited edition 2020 ornament. The winner will be announced by 5 pm on Friday, Dec. 4.

You can order online at https://bit.ly/TXStateParksOrnament2020
Contest rules at http://bit.ly/ContestRules19

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11/12/2020

Most visitor to our new Visitor Center come in through the front door, but there are occasionally ones that stay outside and are just as welcome that way. #BetterOutside

UPDATE: as of Nov. 6, Texas Department of Transportation has moved the entrance to the Tom Mays Unit of Franklin Mountai...
11/07/2020

UPDATE: as of Nov. 6, Texas Department of Transportation has moved the entrance to the Tom Mays Unit of Franklin Mountains State Park to accommodate continued road construction 🚧. We are still open! If you have a choice, we recommend approaching the park from the East side to avoid having to drive up to Smuggler's Pass to do a u-turn. Attached is a rough diagram of the current entrance (as of today). Please slow down as you approach the turn. Drive safely!
We will attempt to keep you updated if there are any changes.

Franklin Mountains State Park is continuing to operate under limited capacity. We highly recommend that you reserve your...
11/07/2020

Franklin Mountains State Park is continuing to operate under limited capacity. We highly recommend that you reserve your Day Pass ahead of time for tomorrow since we are expecting it to be a busy day. Stay safe!

09/27/2020
Wyler Aerial Tramway - Texas Parks & Wildlife

Wyler Aerial Tramway - Texas Parks & Wildlife

Our Land Conservation experts were:
Ky Harkey - TPWD Director of Interpretation
Nathanael Gold - TPWD Superintendent for Big Bend Ranch State Park Complex
Lois Balin - TPWD Urban Wildlife Biologist

Franklin Mountains State Park friendly neighborhood 9.19.2020
09/19/2020

Franklin Mountains State Park friendly neighborhood 9.19.2020

Coming up next weekend!
09/09/2020

Coming up next weekend!

09/06/2020

Just a reminder that today is the last day of our summer hours. Next week we are back to 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Tom Mays unit every day.

75% of campsites in the Tom Mays unit are now available for advance reservation at texasstateparks.reserveamerica.com
08/13/2020

75% of campsites in the Tom Mays unit are now available for advance reservation at texasstateparks.reserveamerica.com

08/10/2020

Happy S'mores day! We celebrated with some different s'mores combinations we would like to share with you. Let us know in the comments if you like your s'mores black, or golden brown and share any favorite "recipes" you may have. Thank you to Ranger Erika and her family for helping me with this video. There is no way I could have eaten all those s'mores on my own!

07/31/2020

Today is world ranger day! Join Ranger Lydia and Ranger John at 10:00 am (MST) for a "chat with a ranger." Ask us all your burning questions!

While most invertebrates offer very little to no parental care, the scorpion is a little different. This caring mother w...
07/29/2020

While most invertebrates offer very little to no parental care, the scorpion is a little different. This caring mother will cary her brood of scorplings on her back, protecting them, feeding them, and regulating their moisture until they are ready to move out. #franklinmountainsstatepark #wildlifewednesday #motherslove

Looking for hiking recommendations? We just stocked a whole bunch of hiking guides at the gift shop in the Tom Mays Visi...
07/23/2020

Looking for hiking recommendations? We just stocked a whole bunch of hiking guides at the gift shop in the Tom Mays Visitor Center!

07/18/2020

This has been a hot week here in El Paso, so I wanted to share with you some tips for hiking safely, even in hot weather.

For more information about leave no trace principles, visit lnt.org
To purchase a day pass for a Texas State Park, go to texasstateparks.reserveamerica.org

Stay safe out there!

07/11/2020
Wyler Aerial Tramway - Texas Parks & Wildlife

Get out your nature journals everyone!

This video is not about what data to include or sketching techniques for your nature journal; it is intended to help you get started by using 3 prompts during your observations.

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07/03/2020

Texas Parks and Wildlife

Per executive order from Office of the Governor Greg Abbott, facial coverings are required while inside any Texas state park building open to the public or in an outside space where 6 feet social distance cannot be maintained. For the latest updates on Texas State Parks, visit TexasStateParks.org.

06/27/2020
Ask a Game Warden.

Have a burning question for the Game Wardens? Aks in the comments bellow and we will get you their answers.

06/20/2020
Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site - Texas Parks and Wildlife

Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site - Texas Parks and Wildlife

Everyone's got their "daily grind"! Join us as we explore artifacts that give us a view of what the grind was like for prehistoric indigenous people at Hueco Tanks.

We will be available below in the comments so feel free to ask any questions!

06/15/2020
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We received so many wonderful submissions for this challenge that I quickly despaired of making the final decision myself and sent out distress signals. These were answered by the wonderful Art Department at EPCC. A great big thank you to professors Brack Marrow, Frank Rimbach, Isadora Stowe, Marco Santos, and Zoe Spiliotis for assisting us in making our final decisions. A great big thank you also to everyone who submitted photos. They were an absolute treat to see. Happy Nature Photography Day!

“In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.” - Aristotle

The winning pictures for #NaturePhotographyDay are:
Michael Fontana, Jason Kehl and Kristen Olivares.

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06/12/2020

Welcome back everyone. This week I have an exciting nature photography challenge for you along with some basic photography tips and tricks. If you would like to submit a photo for a chance to be featured on the main Texas Parks & Wildlife social media accounts, add your photo to the comments, or send us a direct message with it attached before noon on June 14th.

Nature Photography day is coming up on June 15th! To celebrate, we challenge you to find your best nature photos taken i...
06/11/2020

Nature Photography day is coming up on June 15th! To celebrate, we challenge you to find your best nature photos taken in Texas and share them with us for a chance to be featured on the main Texas Parks & Wildlife social media accounts.

To enter, post your photos in the comments bellow or send us a message between June 12th and June 14th (by noon).

Grab your camera! Grab your phone! Grab any other photographic equipment you may choose to use! Let's share some nature!

Address

2900 Tom Mays Access Road
El Paso, TX
79911

General information

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.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
Saturday 08:00 - 17:00
Sunday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(915) 566-6441

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Enjoying the Franklin Mountains with the El Paso Cactus and Rock Club
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