Franklin Mountains

State Park - Texas

Franklin Mountains State Park is located in El Paso, Texas. Park headquarters are located at an elevation of 5,426 feet (1,654 m) with the highest peak reaching 7,192 feet (2,192 m). It is the largest urban park in the nation lying completely within city limits. Franklin Mountains State Park is open year-round for recreational hiking, mountain biking, picnicking and scenic driving and vistas. Two hiking trails can be accessed from Woodrow Bean Transmountain Drive. Rock climbing is permitted in the park and well established climbing areas are located in McKelligon Canyon. Five camping areas are found in the Tom Mays Unit of the park with picnic facilities.

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Interpretive Guide of Franklin Mountains State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.Franklin Mountains - Brochure

Interpretive Guide of Franklin Mountains State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Park Map of the Tom Mays Unit at Franklin Mountains State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.Franklin Mountains - Map

Park Map of the Tom Mays Unit at Franklin Mountains State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Official Texas State Parks Guide. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.Texas State - Official Texas State Parks Guide

Official Texas State Parks Guide. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Official Texas State Parks Guide (español). Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.Texas State - Guía de Parques

Official Texas State Parks Guide (español). Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Franklin Mountains SP https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/franklin-mountains https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Mountains_State_Park Franklin Mountains State Park is located in El Paso, Texas. Park headquarters are located at an elevation of 5,426 feet (1,654 m) with the highest peak reaching 7,192 feet (2,192 m). It is the largest urban park in the nation lying completely within city limits. Franklin Mountains State Park is open year-round for recreational hiking, mountain biking, picnicking and scenic driving and vistas. Two hiking trails can be accessed from Woodrow Bean Transmountain Drive. Rock climbing is permitted in the park and well established climbing areas are located in McKelligon Canyon. Five camping areas are found in the Tom Mays Unit of the park with picnic facilities.
INTERPRETIVE GUIDE FRANKLIN MOUNTAINS STATE PARK Opportunities for mountain biking abound in the Tom Mays Unit. AT OVER 26,000 ACRES, FRANKLIN MOUNTAINS STATE PARK RANKS AS THE LARGEST URBAN WILDERNESS PARK IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES—AN IMPORTANT PARCEL OF NATURE CONTAINING AN ENTIRE CHIHUAHUAN DESERT MOUNTAIN RANGE—ALL WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF EL PASO. WORLD-CLASS GEOLOGY, DIVERSE PLANTS AND ANIMALS, AND COLORFUL HUMAN A greater earless lizard soaks up the desert sun. Located within one of the largest international border communities in the Western Hemisphere—El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua—Franklin Mountains State Park offers many opportunities for its visitors. Escape the city and enjoy a respite in nature as you watch lizards, birds, deer and other wildlife. Soak up the desert sun amid vibrant desert wildflowers. Ponder the marvels of geologic time and the march of people and cultures who came before. Hike, bike, climb, picnic, and enjoy primitive camping. Answer the call of the mountains! Franklin Mountains State Park 2900 Tom Mays Access Road, El Paso, TX 79911 (915) 566-6441 • www.tpwd.texas.gov/franklin HISTORY AWAIT ITS VISITORS. COME AND EXPLORE; ANSWER THE CALL OF THE MOUNTAINS! OO OO © 2019 TPWD. PWD BR P4501-124G (7/19) In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. O TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989 or by email at accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. F R A N K L I N M O U N T A I N S S T A T E HUMAN HISTORY T he Franklin Mountains, the northern parapet of the Paso del Norte (Pass of the North), have long attracted a parade of people and cultures. Prehistoric inhabitants visited the mountains from approximately 8,000 years ago until their encounters with the Spanish in the late 1500s. The mountains provided most of the basic necessities of life for native peoples, including stone for tools and weapons, plants and animals for food and clothing, and infrequent springs for water. They left their mark in the form of isolated rock paintings and deep bedrock mortar pits used to grind seeds. Beginning in the mid-1800s, resources within the park supported various ranching and mining activities. Scattered stone corrals and wire fences throughout the park evidence the struggles of early settlers who battled harsh desert conditions and even bandits in their quest to raise livestock. The ruins of a small sheep-ranching complex endure in the Hitt Canyon drainage. Mine shafts dot the east and west sides, while old gravel and quartz quarries mark the north and south. El Paso Tin Mining and Smelting Company operated within current park boundaries during 1910 and 1911—the only tin mine in production within the continental United States. © University of Texas at El Paso Library, Special Collections P A R K The southwestern barrel cactus reaches the easternmost extent of its range in the Franklins. GEOLOGY Geologists classify the Franklins as a good example of tilted block-fault mountains. This mountain type begins to form when near-vertical faults fracture a section of the Earth’s crust. Then, the landmass between the faults thrusts upward and tilts sharply under tremendous tectonic force. The resulting diagonal rock layers are easy to pick out on the mountains’ eastern slopes. The Franklins’ exposed geologic layers are important because they shed light on 1.25 billion years of the past. Precambrian rock, the oldest on the planet, is found in several areas within the park. Imagine— picnickers in the Tom Mays Unit eat their sandwiches and chew their energy bars while sitting in the midst of Precambrian deposits formed when life on Earth consisted only of one-celled organisms. Although most Franklin Mountains rock is sedimentary (deposited when the region was covered by water), visitors can see igneous rock as well. For example, the red granite bordering much of Transmountain Road formed millions of years ago from seven separate volcanic intrusions, when magma pulsed upward from deep within the earth but did not break through to the surface. Park visitors may hike to see Aztec Caves, which began as gigantic air pockets in this ancient molten rock. BIODIVERISTY At first glance the Franklin Mountains may appear barren
Franklin Mountains #TxStateParks State Park – Tom Mays Unit #BetterOutside @TPWDparks @texasparkswildlife /texasparksandwildlife LEGEND W. Co tt 1.6 m onwood S iles ro p und tr ring ip Mundy’s Gap 4.0 miles N. Franklin Peak 7.8 miles round trip PLEASE NOTE • CHECK OUT time is 2 p.m. or renew permit by 9 a.m. (pending site availability). • Public consumption or display of any alcoholic beverage is prohibited. Azte c 1 Cav rou.2 m es nd iles trip • Pets must be on a 6-foot leash. Please pick up after them. • Campfires are permitted only in fire rings. No gathering of firewood is permitted. • Leave all plants, animals, minerals and artifacts in the park as you found them. Everything in the park is protected by state law for everyone’s enjoyment. C5 Pay Station N Restrooms Primitive Campsites RV Camp Agave Loop 1.3 miles Please stay on the trail at all times. C4 • Gate is locked at 5 p.m. unless posted otherwise. Overnight visitors need to obtain gate lock combination at park's headquarters C3 Group Camp Trailhead • Please review complete Park Rules and Regulations posted at headquarters, park’s bulletin boards, or online. Hiking Trail 14 C2 Mountain Biking Trail Sneed’s Cory 3 C1 Picnic Area 30-37 Schaeffer Shuffle 2.6 miles TexasStateParks.org/App RV Area 15-29 Parking 2 Rock Climbing y m To Ma rai sT l Tom May Amphitheater 6-13 s Trail Wildlife Viewing 4 Scenic Overlook Tom Mays Trail Maintenance Nature Walk Upper Sun set 1.3 miles 40-44 ad Ma ys Loop 2 Ac ces 1 Lo Mountain Bike Trails Loop 1 – 6.2 miles Loop 2 – 8.2 miles Loop 3 – 9.5 miles Loop 4 – 11.0 miles Loop 5 – 11.5 miles Loop 6 – 15.5 miles r we Su 5. 6 e ns m il t es Beginner’s Loop – 1.2 miles TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TDD) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. © 2019 TPWD PWD MP P4501-124D (2/19) 1-5 Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. PARK RESERVATIONS TexasStateParks.org ParquesDeTexas.org (512) 389-8900 sR oad No water or electricity available in Ro Tom Tran smou nta 38-39 .75 miles Tom Mays Unit – Entrance is located 3.5 miles east of I-10 on Transmountain Rd. Headquarters 1331 McKelligon Canyon Rd. El Paso, TX 79930 (915) 566-6441 Proud Sponsor of Texas State Parks
-Official- FA C I L I T I E S MAPS Get the Mobile App: ACTIVITIES texasstateparks.org/app Toyota Tundra Let your sense of adventure be your guide with the Toyota Official Vehicle of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation Tundra — built to help you explore all that the great state of Texas has to offer. | toyota.com/trucks BUILT HERE. LIVES HERE. ASSEMBLED IN TEXAS WITH U.S. AND GLOBALLY SOURCED PARTS. Contents 4 6 8 10 Activities and Programs Parks Near You Places to Stay Recreational Vehicles 12 Tips for Time in Nature Ray Roberts Devils River 14 Visitor Fees and Passes Directory TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT 18 Big Bend Country 26 34 48 56 64 80 86 Gulf Coast TPW COMMISSION S. Reed Morian, Chairman Houston Arch “Beaver” Aplin, III, Vice-Chairman Lake Jackson James E. Abell Kilgore Oliver J. Bell Cleveland Anna B. Galo Laredo Jeffery D. Hildebrand Houston Jeanne W. Latimer San Antonio Robert L. “Bobby” Patton, Jr. Fort Worth Dick Scott Wimberley T. Dan Friedkin, Chairman-Emeritus Houston Lee Marshall Bass, Chairman-Emeritus Fort Worth Hill Country Panhandle Plains Pineywoods Prairies and Lakes South Texas Plains Carter P. Smith Executive Director Rodney Franklin State Parks Director Josh Havens Communications Director Facilities and Activities Index 44 State Parks Map Special thanks to Toyota and advertisers, whose generous support made this guide possible. Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Cover photo: Tyler State Park, Chase Fountain Texas State Parks Official Guide, Seventeenth Edition © TPWD PWD BK P4000-000A (5/20) TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989 or by email at accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. WELCOME from Rodney Franklin, State Parks Director   Texas contains some of the most diverse public lands in the country. There is a wealth of cultural heritage. Wildlife abounds, landscapes flourish with beauty and our history is abundant. Your state parks are a part of the legacy that makes Texas proud. The people of Texas recently helped secure that legacy for future generations by voting yes to Proposition 5. Thank you! These 630,000-plus acres showcase some of our state’s greatest treasures. Parks help people make memories with family and find respite in nature’s playground. They strengthen local economies and bind communities. Most of all, parks enable each of us to spend time outside to recharge, be healthy and relax in our own way. I invite you to enjoy your state parks, exploring the best of Texas with friends and family. The parks are here for you. They belong to you. Please visit, have fun, and help protect them forever! Thank you, Texas! Texans voted to approve passage of Proposition 5 in the November 5, 2019 election. Now 100% of the sporting goods sales tax will go to fund the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Historical Commission. This funding will help secure the future of local parks, state parks and historic sites for generations to come, all without increasing taxes. We would like to extend our deepest gratitude. See what’s in store for Texas State Parks: texasstateparks.org/better ACTIVITIES & PROGRAMS What is there to do in state parks? Enjoy a family picnic, tour a hallowed historic site or choose from some of these visitor favorites: Bike Pedal across parks at any speed, in any style, with any group. Choose the routes, surfaces and distances that fit your comfort zone. Walk Start with a shorter loop, tackle tougher terrain or join a guided tour. Fish Fish without a license in as many as 70 state parks. Many offer tackle loaner programs and special learnto-fish events. Boat or Paddle Rent canoes and kayaks, explore a Texas Paddling Trail or launch a boat. View Wildlife Discover the birds, mammals and plants that live in Texas. Many parks have signage and checklists to help you learn more about the wildlife around you. 4 Camp Swim Find a site that meets your needs. Test out new recipes, share your favorite stories and enjoy the stars. Beat the heat at creeks, rivers, lakes, springs, pools and ocean beaches. More information & reservations: texasstateparks.org (512) 389-8900 Many state parks offer special guided and self-guided progra
Guía de Parques INSTALACIONES Descarga la Aplicacíon Móvil MAPAS ACTIVIDADES texasstateparks.org/app ¡Los niños entran gratis! La entrada es gratis para los niños de 12 años y menores. Encuentra un parque: parquesdetexas.org Contenido Estero Llano Grande SP 2 4 6 8 9 10 18 Actividades y Programas Parques Cercanos Lugares para Quedarse Tarifas y Pases Directorio Mapa de Parques Instalaciones y Actividades BIENVENIDO Rodney Franklin, Director de Parques Texas tiene algunas de las tierras públicas más diversas del país, con una gran riqueza natural y cultural. La vida silvestre está por todas partes, los paisajes florecen con belleza, y la historia es abundante. Sus parques estatales son parte del legado que nos enorgullece. La gente de Texas ayuda a asegurar ese legado para las generaciones futuras al visitar y ser voluntarios. ¡Gracias! Estos más de 630,000 acres exhiben algunos de los grandes tesoros del estado. Los parques nos ayudan a crear recuerdos con la familia y a encontrar consuelo en la naturaleza. Los parques fortalecen las economías locales y unen a las comunidades. Sobre todo, los parques nos permiten pasar tiempo al aire libre para recargar energías, estar saludables y relajarnos a nuestra manera. Les invito a disfrutar de sus parques estatales, explorando lo mejor de Texas con amigos y familia. Los parques están aquí para todos. Nos pertenecen a todos. ¡Visítelos, diviértase y ayude a protegerlos para siempre! Foto de portada: Estero Llano State Park, Chase Fountain © 2021 TPWD PWD BK P4000-000A (5/21) TPWD recibe fondos del Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre de EE.UU. (USFWS por sus siglas en ingles). TPWD prohíbe la discriminación por raza, color, religión, nacionalidad de origen, discapacidad, edad y género, conforme la ley estatal y federal. Para solicitar un acomodo especial u obtener información en un formato alternativo, por favor contacte a TPWD en un Teléfono de Texto (TTY) al (512) 3898915 ó por medio de “Relay Texas” al 7-1-1 ó (800) 735-2989 ó por email a accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. Si usted cree que TPWD ha discriminado en su contra, favor de comunicarse con TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, o con el Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre de EE.UU., Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. De acuerdo con la Ley de Depósito del Estado de Texas, esta publicación está disponible en el centro de Distribución de Publicaciones del Estado de Texas y/o las Bibliotecas de Depósito de Texas. ACTIVIDADES Y PROGRAMAS ¿Qué puedo hacer en los parques estatales? ¡Disfruta de un día de campo, visita un sitio histórico o elige entre muchas otras opciones! Bicicletas Pedalea a lo largo de los parques a cualquier velocidad, en cualquier estilo, con cualquier grupo. Elige las rutas, el tipo de terreno y las distancias que cumplan con tu zona de confort. Caminatas Empieza con un circuito más corto, avanza a terrenos más difíciles o únete a una caminata guiada. Pescar Puedes pescar sin licencia en tantos como 70 parques estatales. Muchos parques ofrecen equipo para pescar a manera de préstamo y eventos especiales para aprender a pescar. Barcos Renta canoas y kayacs y explora uno de los senderos acuáticos en Texas. Nadar Animales Silvestres Acampar Descubre aves, mamíferos y plantas que tienen su hogar en Texas. Muchos parques tienen señalamientos y listados que te ayudan a aprender más. Encuentra un lugar que cumpla con lo que quieres. Prueba nuevas recetas, comparte historias favoritas y disfruta de las estrellas. 2 Más información y reservaciones: parquesdetexas.org Escape del calor en arroyos, ríos, lagos, manantiales, piletas y playas del mar. Tu seguridad en el agua es muy importante. Lleva el chaleco salvavidas. Aprende a nadar. Guarda a los niños. (512) 389-8900 ¡Pregunta en tu parque cuáles están disponibles! Los niños de 12 años y menores entran GRATIS Cielos Estrellados Escapa de las luces de la ciudad y goza de maravillosas vistas del cielo que no encontrarás en ninguna otra parte. Ven a una fiesta de estrellas o toma una excursión de constelaciones auto-guiada. Familias en la Naturaleza Elige un taller o diseña tu propia aventura. ¡Monta una tienda de campaña, cocina al exterior, prende una fogata y juega al exterior! Nosotros te Toma una publicación gratuita de actividades o pregunta por los paquetes gratuitos con los parques proporcionamos todo el equipo. No es necesario tener experiencia. participantes. Usa los binoculares, lupas, libros de bosquejos y libros de guías para explorar el parque. Mochilas para Exploradores Soldados Búfalo de Texas Descubre la historia con cuentos, vestuarios y herramientas. Sigue la pista de un animal, pesca con caña, cocina sobre una fogata, visita los fuertes y más. Adéntrate en las historias de vida de aquellos que sirvieron valientemente en los primeros regimientos Áfrico-Americanos de las Fuerzas Armadas. ! Seguridad en el Parque Ten cuidado con el agua Pr

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