Franklin Mountains State Park

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Franklin Mountains State Park

  • Mundy's Gap at Franklin Mountains SP
    Welcome to the westernmost point in Texas: the Franklin Mountains in El Paso.
  • Mountain Biker and Southwestern Barrel Cactus
    Explore over 100 miles of trails on foot or bike - and watch out for cacti!
  • Ranger Program at Franklin Mountains SP
    Attend a ranger program to learn about the plants, animals and history of this area.
  • Upper Sunset
    The sunrises and sunsets are spectacular here.
  • Flowering Cactus at Franklin Mountains
    Blooms paint the high desert after rainfall.
  • Franklin Mountains Camping & Day Use
    Bring a picnic and spend the day or reserve one of our campsites for an overnight stay.
  • Rock Climbing at Tom Mays Unit of Franklin Mountains SP
    Test your determination against the rugged rocks.

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 /Que se puede hacer?

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.


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

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.

Get involved!

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

Support state parks by donating to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation.

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.

Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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.

Birding: 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:

Headquarters: Tom Mays Unit
2900 Tom Mays Access Rd.
El Paso, TX 79911

Latitude: 31.908166

Longitude: -106.525458

(915) 444-9100

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

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.


8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

From the first Saturday in April to the first Saturday in September, gate hours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Busy Season

Spring, summer and fall

We often reach capacity and highly recommend reservations for both camping and day use. To guarantee entry, reserve passes online or by calling the customer service center before you visit. 


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