Franklin Mountains State Park

Franklin Mountains State Park

State Park · El Paso, Texas
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Franklin Mountains State Park is a Texas state park in El Paso, Texas in the United States. It is at an elevation of 5,426 feet. It is the largest urban park in the nation lying completely within city limits, covering 24,247.56 acres. Franklin Mountains State Park is open for year-round recreation including hiking, mountain biking, picnicking and scenic driving and vistas.

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There are few roadside day hikes in the desert southwest that begin and end on a 4-lane highway, and this is one you cannot pass up! Whether you call El Paso home, are just driving through, or there for work, this hike is one of the best ways to stretch your legs and earn views from the cities highest point - South Franklin. The Window and The Mammoth are both excellent trailside destinations, even if you don't have the time to reach the official summit.
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There are few roadside day hikes in the desert southwest that begin and end on a 4-lane highway, and this is one you cannot pass up! Whether you call El Paso home, are just driving through, or there for work, this hike is one of the best ways to stretch your legs and earn views from the cities highest point - South Franklin. The Window and The Mammoth are both excellent trailside destinations, even if you don't have the time to reach the official summit.
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Rising high above El Paso—making it the largest urban state park in the country—Franklin Mountains State Park encompasses untouched canyons, peaks and wildflower meadows, all connected by hiking and biking trails. More than 100 miles, actually. There are climbing routes, too, like those in McKelligon Canyon and Sneed’s Cory. With only 19 campsites, the park is nice and quiet come nightfall. Hike up to 7,200 feet for sunrise, and you’ll have the best vantage point around.
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