Franklin Mountains State Park

Franklin Mountains State Park

Call of the Mountains

The Franklin Mountains provided most of the basic necessities of life for early people here. Today, the mountains meet a different human need – our need for time in nature. Come explore these high-desert mountains, just 15 minutes from El Paso.

Things to Do

Franklin Mountains State Park offers great hiking, biking and rock climbing. Visit for the day or camp overnight. Look for geocaches, bird (and nature) watch, or bring a picnic. Shop for gift items at our park store.

Hiking and Mountain Biking: Explore almost 27,000 acres (about 40 square miles) on over 100 miles of trail. Carry plenty of water and a cell phone, wear good shoes, dress for the weather, and travel with a partner. Be prepared for rugged desert terrain.

Camping: Stay at one of our campsites. Walk to one of 14 tent sites, or park at one of five RV sites. Rent a group camp area for your next gathering. Campsites do not have water or electricity; bring enough water for drinking, cooking and cleaning. Call the park to reserve sites.

Rock Climbing: Climb at the designated area in McKelligon Canyon or at Sneed’s Cory in the Tom Mays Unit. Bring your own equipment. Stay safe, and follow best practices for climbing.

Volunteer! We need your help. Contact the park or the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition.

Protect the park: Please stay on a designated trail at all times when you hike. Please do not drive on any dirt roads or trails (in car or ATV).

Ranger Programs

We lead hikes, bike rides, arts in the parks activities and more. Check the Events page for upcoming programs.

Call the park to ask about programs for clubs, scout groups, school groups, or any group of more than eight. We may limit the number of hikers in a tour group or cancel trips due to weather.

Kids: Become a Junior Ranger! Learn to enjoy and care for this state park.

Area Attractions

El Paso presents a live musical on the city’s history each summer, minor league baseball, Wilderness Park Museum, Chamizal National Memorial, and many other attractions.

Check out Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; the Mission Trail, home to some of the oldest missions in the nation; and El Camino Real, the ancient Spanish road that today takes travelers from Mexico to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Learn more on the Texas Historical Commission - Texas Mountain Trail website.


Many bird species travel through the El Paso area. Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site and this park have great birding, as do Audubon Society’s Feather Lake, Keystone Heritage Park, Rio Bosque Wetlands, and Ascarate Lake.

These Great Texas Wildlife Trails will guide you to the best places to see wildlife:


1331 McKelligon Canyon Road
El Paso, TX 79930

Latitude: 31.905102

Longitude: -106.498015

(915) 566-6441

Reserve by phone: (915) 566-6441

Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $5 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free
  • Group - Adult: $2 Daily

Open daily.
Gate is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

From the first Saturday in April to the third Saturday in September, the Tom Mays Unit gate is open on weekends only
6:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Busy Season

Spring, summer and fall


Winter temperatures range from 32 degrees to 60 degrees. Summer temperatures range from 68 degrees to 95 degrees. Spring and fall are usually mild seasons with sunny days and cool nights. Average rainfall ranges from 7 inches to 10 inches, with thunderstorm activity peaking during July and August.

National Weather Service forecast for this area

North Franklin Mountain - 7,192 feet; Trans-Mountain Highway across the park - 5,120 feet

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