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.

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11/30/2019

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Life is #betteroutside in the #franklinmountainsstatepark !
11/17/2019

Life is #betteroutside in the #franklinmountainsstatepark !

Interested in being a "friend of the park?" Come join us on April 26th to learn more!
04/19/2019

Interested in being a "friend of the park?" Come join us on April 26th to learn more!

04/12/2019

No cash on hand? No worries! With our new online reservation system you can get your State Park entrance permit online.

01/17/2019

A visitor's dog, "Amethyst," went missing yesterday when she took off after a deer in McKelligon Canyon. She is a blue nose pitbull, wearing a purple harness; she is not wearing a collar, but is chipped. Any vet or animal shelter should be able to read the chip and contact the owners. Help us keep an eye out for this lost jewel. Thanks!

01/11/2019
Mountain Weather

Living near mountains can mean seeing some interesting weather patterns sometimes. The contour of the slopes can bully pockets of air into moving up or down in elevation in ways they wouldn't without the ridgeline. This can affect wind and rain patterns in the area. #FieldNotesFriday #BetterOutside #FranklinMountainsStatePark #TxStateParks
Thanks to Ranger Mendez for the video.

Our new #JuniorRanger Journals just came in today! With all new content specifically made for the Franklin Mountains, th...
01/10/2019

Our new #JuniorRanger Journals just came in today! With all new content specifically made for the Franklin Mountains, they are sure to get your favorite kiddo out exploring the beautiful outdoors in no time. Ask for one in English or Spanish the next time you drop by the park headquarters in McKelligon Canyon or the Tom Mays Unit. #BetterOutside #FranklinMountainsStatePark #TxStateParks

Weather report: wet with a chance of hiking. It was a beautiful weekend for a hike even if it did end a little drizzly. ...
01/06/2019

Weather report: wet with a chance of hiking. It was a beautiful weekend for a hike even if it did end a little drizzly. Thanks to all of you who joined me on guided tours! I hope you enjoyed it.

Hello hikers! It is great to see so many people enjoying the world-class hiking available at Franklin Mountains State Pa...
01/03/2019

Hello hikers! It is great to see so many people enjoying the world-class hiking available at Franklin Mountains State Park. As we near the grand opening of the visitor center and the 40th anniversary of the park, some of our park visitors are foreseeing a greater strain on limited park staff and resources and looking into the possibility of forming a park Friends Group to step into the gap.

A Friends Group is a non-profit organization of volunteers who are able to support park operations through planning events, raising money, and working with the park to complete projects we can’t complete on our own. The biggest challenge in getting this organization off the ground will be to find a core group of people who are passionate about supporting the park and are willing and excited to lead the organization through leadership roles.

If this sounds exciting to you, if you think something like this would improve your resume, if you just want to see stuff get done, let me know that you would like more information about leadership opportunities. If you think this sounds cool, but don’t have the time or energy to commit to leadership, let me know that too and I will put your name on a list of potential non-leadership members.

Happy New Year!

Contact information: Lydia Pagel (Park Ranger) [email protected], or comment on this post, or send the park a private message.

Today is a great start to a great year! Wishing you all the best in 2019. #FirstDayHike #BetterOutside #FranklinMountain...
01/01/2019

Today is a great start to a great year! Wishing you all the best in 2019. #FirstDayHike #BetterOutside #FranklinMountainsStatePark

The mountain looks beautiful today, but you may consider enjoying the view from the comfort of your home. The Tom Mays u...
12/29/2018

The mountain looks beautiful today, but you may consider enjoying the view from the comfort of your home. The Tom Mays unit of Franklin Mountains State Park will be closed until Transmountain Rd. is opened. If you choose to drive to one of our other access points, be very careful while drivings and dress for wet and freezing conditions.

What did you do on this cold, snowy day? Share in the comments! #TxStateParks #BetterOutside #FranklinMountains #Frankli...
12/28/2018

What did you do on this cold, snowy day? Share in the comments! #TxStateParks #BetterOutside #FranklinMountains #FranklinMountainsStatePark

12/20/2018
How to use a Self-Pay station

At many of the access points in Franklin Mountains State Park you can only purchase your entry permit through a self-pay station (AKA Iron Ranger). For all of you out there who have ever been unsure of how to use self-pay stations, this video is for you! Note: unlike McKinney Falls State Park, our entrance fee is $5.00 per adult.

A view from the new Round House Trailhead. Clouds and rain rolling down the Franklin Mountains.  What a pleasant earthy ...
11/30/2018

A view from the new Round House Trailhead. Clouds and rain rolling down the Franklin Mountains. What a pleasant earthy scent. Wishing all of you could smell this PETRICHOR through the photo. Since it is not possible, step outside and enjoy it.

This pair of golden eagles are the largest birds you can see in Franklin Mountains State Park. They often mate for life ...
11/07/2018

This pair of golden eagles are the largest birds you can see in Franklin Mountains State Park. They often mate for life and return to the same nesting sites year after year, so if you see them around, welcome home the happy couple! Check out the link below for more information.Thanks to visitor Jorge Garcia for sharing these pictures with us. #TxStateParks #FranklinMountains #BetterOutside #WildlifeWednesday
https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/golden-eagle.

Visiting a State Park is about to get easier! Get notified when new, improved online features are available at TexasStat...
10/25/2018

Visiting a State Park is about to get easier! Get notified when new, improved online features are available at TexasStateParks.org/Better

Come join us as we explore desert pollinators!
10/11/2018

Come join us as we explore desert pollinators!

10/04/2018
Search for Bugs and Butterflies during the Texas Pollinator BioBlitz

El Paso may not be right at the center of the Monarch migration flyway, but we have astounding native bee biodiversity. Join us on iNaturalist during this year's Texas Pollinator BioBlitz and explore pollinators in your backyard or ours!

The Texas Pollinator BioBlitz is a statewide effort for Texans to observe and identify as many pollinators as possible from October 5 - October 21, 2018. Her...

The 14th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta is underway. There are many exhibits, activities, food, and fun. We will be her...
09/29/2018

The 14th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta is underway. There are many exhibits, activities, food, and fun. We will be here until 3 PM.

09/26/2018
MAC

Interested in local archaeology? The 20th Biennial Mogollon Archaeology Conference is coming to Las Cruces this month. Check it out!
http://www.lonjul.net/mog2018/

Remember that this Saturday September 29, 2018 (9 AM - 3 PM) is our 14th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta!  Come and join...
09/26/2018

Remember that this Saturday September 29, 2018 (9 AM - 3 PM) is our 14th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta! Come and join us in this free and fun event.

We are having our Texas Outdoor Family workshop right now. Thanks to all families that signed up! #betteroutside
09/22/2018

We are having our Texas Outdoor Family workshop right now. Thanks to all families that signed up! #betteroutside

Join us for this free event!
08/31/2018

Join us for this free event!

08/22/2018

There is a flash flood warning in El Paso until 5:15 pm today. Consider staying inside this evening and be safe!

Interested in birding, but haven't dug deep into the hobby? October 6th may be the perfect day to jump in!
08/22/2018
October Big Day—6 October 2018 - eBird

Interested in birding, but haven't dug deep into the hobby? October 6th may be the perfect day to jump in!

Global Big Day has set new heights for a single day of birding each of the past four Mays. This massively international collaborative birding event has been so great that we’re having another worldwide eBird Big Day!

We had a wonderful women's hike this weekend. It was a bit hot towards the end of the hike, but everyone did well! Great...
08/19/2018

We had a wonderful women's hike this weekend. It was a bit hot towards the end of the hike, but everyone did well! Great job everyone! #TxStateParks #BetterOutside

There are lots of geocaches in the Franklin Mountains. Next time you go caching, Cashe In Trash Out!
08/16/2018

There are lots of geocaches in the Franklin Mountains. Next time you go caching, Cashe In Trash Out!

Happy trails! Fall Cache In Trash Out® (CITO) Week is Saturday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 23. Geocachers, that means you have 1 month (until Saturday, Sept. 1st) to plan an event, enhance our Earth, and earn that prized CITO souvenir! http://bit.ly/2mG9Vfu

08/13/2018

One of our visitors' dog "Coco" went missing today in the northeastern section of the park near de Lazy Cow Trailhead. The dog is a large black Anatolian Shepherd puppy, wearing a collar with owner's information. Please keep an eye for her. Thanks.

Get to know a member of the Park's Pest Control Team. Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer)  #wildlifewednesday #betterouts...
08/08/2018

Get to know a member of the Park's Pest Control Team. Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer) #wildlifewednesday #betteroutside

Photo by Ranger Mendez

Lovely hike to North Franklin Peak this weekend. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did!
08/05/2018

Lovely hike to North Franklin Peak this weekend. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did!

Lovely hike to North Franklin Peak this weekend. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did!

Be safe!  Make sure to carry plenty water and drink it often.  Know your limits.  We have had several heat-related emerg...
08/04/2018

Be safe! Make sure to carry plenty water and drink it often. Know your limits. We have had several heat-related emergencies at the park this summer.

Heat exhaustion can affect your ability to think clearly, so don’t hike it alone.

Here are some warning signs: http://bit.ly/HeatSickNWS

Respect the #TexasHeat, y’all!

Help us find the creature in this picture. #betteroutside #wildlifewednesday #chihuahuandesert Photo by Ranger Mendez
08/01/2018

Help us find the creature in this picture. #betteroutside #wildlifewednesday #chihuahuandesert

Photo by Ranger Mendez

Happy World Ranger Day Franklin Mountains State Park Staff!  Thanks for all you do!
07/31/2018

Happy World Ranger Day Franklin Mountains State Park Staff! Thanks for all you do!

Get ready El Paso, Texas Outdoor Family Texas Parks and Wildlife is heading your way soon! For more information check ou...
07/25/2018
Franklin Mountains State Park | Texas Outdoor Family | El Paso Area | (Open) — Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Get ready El Paso, Texas Outdoor Family Texas Parks and Wildlife is heading your way soon! For more information check out https://tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/tof/franklin-mountains-state-park-texas-outdoor-family-el-paso-area-open-2
#TxStateParks #BetterOutside

Join us for a fun-filled weekend designed to help your family discover the joys of camping and Texas State Parks. All camping gear and equipment required for an overnight stay at the park are included with each reservation! Click for a list of activities offered and specific information for this wor...

07/25/2018
Dine and Dash

Rock squirrels (Otospermophilus variegatus) like this fellow are some of the larger squirrels you can see in the park. Look for them in areas with plenty of seeds or other tasty tidbits. #TxStateParks #BetterOutside #WildlifeWednesday

We found a beautiful Banded Rock Rattlesnake in the shade at our headquarters backdoor. Temperature today has reached ov...
07/21/2018

We found a beautiful Banded Rock Rattlesnake in the shade at our headquarters backdoor. Temperature today has reached over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Photo by Ranger Mendez 07.21.2018
#betteroutside

Good time hiking with the Border Patrol R.E.A.L. Mission Program from Deming, NM.Photo by Ranger Mendez
07/20/2018

Good time hiking with the Border Patrol R.E.A.L. Mission Program from Deming, NM.

Photo by Ranger Mendez

Park rangers are conducting more heat-related rescues than usual this summer.Make sure you know how to recognize signs o...
07/19/2018

Park rangers are conducting more heat-related rescues than usual this summer.
Make sure you know how to recognize signs of overheating...and how to avoid them.
Stay safe in the #TexasHeat!

Pollination is critical to our lives.  More than 30% of the food humans consume comes from plants that are pollinated by...
06/13/2018

Pollination is critical to our lives. More than 30% of the food humans consume comes from plants that are pollinated by wild animals. There are over 100,000 different species that function as pollinators. #wildlifewednesday #pollinators

Photos by Ranger Mendez

Come join us @ Memorial Park (3105 Grant) for National Kids to Parks Day. Fun for kids of all ages! #TXstateparks #Bette...
05/19/2018

Come join us @ Memorial Park (3105 Grant) for National Kids to Parks Day. Fun for kids of all ages! #TXstateparks #BetterOutside #kidstoparks

Great women's hike up to Aztec Caves today. Lots of fun!
05/19/2018

Great women's hike up to Aztec Caves today. Lots of fun!

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1331 McKelligon Canyon Rd
El Paso, TX
79930

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.

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