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Franklin Mountains State Park | Texas Outdoor Family | El Paso Area | (Open)

9:30a Sat, September 22, 2018 to 11:00a Sun, September 23, 2018

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 workshop.










Park Website, Map, & Directions



  • Individual car camping sites for each family
  • Potable water at or near each campsite
  • Overnight ranger presence for comfort and confidence



  • The basic camping equipment needed for the weekend will be provided. Families are expected to provide sheets, blankets, food and personal items. 
  • Download the TOF Welcome Packet for a detailed list of what is provided and what should be brought from home. 
  • Typical TOF Equipment includes what is pictured below.


Activities Specific to this Workshop

The Texas Outdoor Family program will provide you with an opportunity to enjoy all of the following activities at your upcoming event. You are also encouraged to explore the park on your own, creating your own adventure along the way. All activities are subject to weather conditions.

  • Credible Campers & Campsites:
    • Adults: Learn Leave no Trace principles, how to pitch your tent and use stoves safely
    • Junior Rangers:  A kid specific hike, including a conversation about Leave No Trace
  • Building Base Camp: Families come together, gather equipment, and build base camp for the weekend.
  • Caching in on State Park Trails: Trail adventure and exploration through GPS and Geocaching
  • Fire Building and Outdoor Cooking Tips: How to safely build fires and cook on open flames / grills
  • Experience the Sounds of the Night: Celebrating nature’s night sounds with a Ranger led presentation
  • Hiking the Franklin Mountains:  Enjoy a guided hike through some of West Texas' most beautiful ranges
  • Chat with a Park Ranger: Q&A – Learn more about parks and conservation
  • Know Before You Go: Breaking Camp and Leaving No Trace of your stay
  • State Park Junior Ranger Journal: Available upon request. When completed, these journals earn your jr. ranger their very own patch.
  • And More: The night skies might be right for an impromptu star party or the park may hosting another great outdoor  program that you would like to participate in!



    Review a sample One Night TOF Agenda. All activities and times are subject to weather, staffing, and attendance and can change at the ranger’s discretion.


    Conclusion & Departure

    Texas Outdoor Family programming typically concludes with the borrowed gear being turned-in at or before 11am on Sunday. Families are asked to participate in our program’s conclusion on Sunday morning where they are given information and promotional items designed to help you plan your next camping trip. If your family needs to leave early, please inform your on-site ranger for instructions pertaining to the return of the borrowed equipment.

    Your family is invited to stay in the park until the close of business (10pm) on the day that your program concludes, but campsites must be vacated by 2pm.



    • Families are asked to provide their own means. Easy camp meal ideas are provided in the TOF Welcome Packet
    • Instructors will offer great tips on enjoying family camp cooking.  



    • $75 per family (up to 6 individuals) - includes all entry and camping fees.



    • For the preservation of the camping equipment, pets of all sorts are not allowed on TOF events.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Visit our FAQ page for additional details.
    • Still have questions? Email for more specific questions.


    Weather and Cancellation

    We recognize that the weather will impact your camping experience. Our rangers have experienced at sharing fun with your family even when it rains. Our quality equipment is designed to keep you dry while you sleep. With all of that considered below is the criteria of when events will be cancelled:

    We will utilize and the zip code of the park were the event is hosted for our forecasts. The decision to cancel an event will be made at 4pm on the Wednesday prior to events scheduled to start on Friday evening, or 4pm on the Thursday prior to events scheduled to start on Saturday morning:

    • Winds are forecasted to be sustained at 20 mph or greater for 3 or more hours.        
    • Wind Gusts are expected to be 25 mph or greater at any time.
    • Potential exists for flash flood within the park 
    • Temperatures are forecast with a low of 45° or below.
    • Temperatures are forecast with a low of 50° and 50% chance of any measurable precipitation.
    • Rain volumes are forecasted to be greater than 1.5” during the duration of the event.
    • Rain is forecasted with a likelihood of 50% or greater during 3.5+ hours of the event during recreational hours (8am – 8pm) of the workshop.
    • A Severe Weather Watch or Warning is forecasted for any duration of the event.

    You will be notified by TOF staff via email and telephone if the event is cancelled. If cancelled, your reservation will be added to our transfer list to be eligible for a future event, pending availability. Refunds will not be immediately available.


     How to Register

    • Call 512-389-8903 to speak to one of our "Texas Outdoor Family" customer service representatives Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Download the TOF Welcome Packet to assist in your planning.
    • Print and complete the last two pages of the welcome packet and bring it to your workshop.
    • All reservations must be made by noon on the Thursday prior to the event.
    • Payment in full is required at the time a reservation is made.
    • When making your reservation, please have the following information ready and available:
      • Name, Email Address, Phone Number, Number of Children, Number of Adults
      • If making reservations for another family, you MUST have the same information for their group.
    • All fees are non-refundable. A one-time transfer to a different workshop is allowed two weeks prior to your scheduled event, pending availability. 

    Cancellation Policy: In the regrettable instance that an event is cancelled, patrons will be given the opportunity to transfer their reservation to a future event within one calendar year of their cancelled workshop. Due to the state’s process for handling funds, refunds cannot be offered. 

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