Franklin Mountains State Park

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Franklin Mountains State Park


(915) 566-6441

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Franklin Mountains State Park, in El Paso County, was created by an Act of the Texas State Legislature in 1979. The Franklin Mountains form a striking backdrop to the City of El Paso and constitute an area of regional ecological and aesthetic significance. Making the mountains a park for the protection of their natural features and enjoyment of the public has long been a dream of farsighted El Paso residents, as well as conservationists across the state and nation. When, in the late 1970s, developers began carving roads into the almost pristine mountains, House Bill 867 was passed in 1979 by the Texas Legislature authorizing Texas Parks and Wildlife to acquire Franklin Mountains, thus preventing further urban development. The intent of the Legislature was to provide lasting protection to the outstanding scenic, ecological, and historic features of the Franklin Mountains so they could be enjoyed and appreciated by present and future generations. Parks and Wildlife acquired the property in 1981; it was opened to the public in 1987. The park is the largest urban park in the nation at 24,247 acres, covering some 37 square miles, all within the city limits of El Paso. Activities include rock climbing, hiking, guided tours, and camping.

Map of Franklin Mountains (TX)

Latitude, Longitude: 31.916144, -106.512669



  • Camping

    A limited number of primitive tent-camping sites are available in the Tom Mays Unit. Traditional sites allow for tents placed on the ground. Five self-contained RV sites have also been added. All potential campers should be forewarned: there are no ground fires within park boundaries and no water or electricity. Those desiring camping reservations may contact the park office. Reservations are recommended.

  • Climbing

    Rock climbing is just one of the park's newest recreational activities. With established climbing areas in McKelligon Canyon.

  • Hiking

    Two hiking trails are currently accessible off of Loop 375/Trans-Mountain Road. Work is underway for a trail network that will ultimately offer over a 100-mile system.

  • Horseback Riding

    Please call the primary number for more information.

  • Picnicking

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  • RVing

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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. The gate is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM except during the first Saturday in April to the third Saturday in September, when the Tom Mays Unit gate is open from 6:30 AM to 8:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays only.



The park is located on the northern edge of El Paso, in far west Texas. There are three primary access points to this park. On the west side and from Interstate 10, take the Canutillo/Trans-Mountain Road exit and turn toward the mountains and enter the park 3.8 miles from the Interstate. On the east side and from Highway 54, exit on Fred Wilson Road and turn west toward the mountains. The third primary access point is near the summit of the Transmountain Road (Loop 375). and is a parking lot with two trail heads.

Phone Numbers


(915) 566-6441



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