Have Fun in EP: Franklin Mountains State Park

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Have Fun in EP: Franklin Mountains State Park

By Luisafernanda Rodriguez

El Paso is infamously underrated but you shouldn’t be so quick to judge our small corner of Texas. What most people don’t recognize is that El Paso is full of fun activities and amazing sceneries for all ages to enjoy.

 

For example, one of the most famous sights to visit is Franklin Mountains State Park. Located off the Transmountain/Loop 365 Highway, the park has beautiful views and lots of wildlife. If you’ve lived in El Paso for long, then this location probably sounds familiar to you. What you may not know is that these famous Franklin Mountains were once used as trails for Native Americans. It is said that these mountains were home to Native American tribes for almost 12,000 years.

The Franklin Mountains provides many routes and trails for hiking, bike riding and, rock climbing. If you opt to go at night, be prepared to look up at the stars in amazement and lose your breath at the view of the surrounding nature and city. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or you just need a break from the crowded urban atmosphere, Franklin Mountain State Park is the perfect place to clear your head, all the while surrounded by breathtaking sights.

 

There are, however, a few things you should be aware of. If you’re planning to hike, make sure to take lots of water and keep hydrated, temperatures in the mountains can reach up to 100 degrees. It is recommended you dress in comfortable, athletic clothing and carry a small or medium sized backpack to hold water bottles, snacks, bug spray, sun screen, and/or a small first aid kit in case of any slips or stumbles. Beware of the rattle snakes during the summer; they’re everywhere! There are also multitudes of other wildlife in the area which include insects, lizards and wild birds. During rainy, cold or windy days the weather can get a little chilly and can go as low as 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Taking a small jacket is usually enough, however, it is important to check the latest weather report and dress appropriately.

 

Franklin Mountain State Park is a classic El Paso sight. Anyone, no matter your age or athletic ability can enjoy the activities offered. Regardless of whether you’ve never visited this location or if you’ve been a million times, a trip to Transmountain is always a liberating and exciting time.

By Luisafernanda Rodriguez

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