Franklin Mountains State Park RV & Campground Guide


Franklin Mountains State Park, located in El Paso and 10 miles east of Canutillo, features over 100 miles of hiking and biking trails. It's one of the largest urban parks in the nation, covering about 40 square miles within the city limits of El Paso. The Franklin Mountains are a great place to go rock climbing or relax and enjoy a picnic. You can also go bird-watching there and check out the desert terrain that features plants like yuccas and cacti. Keep an eye out for mule deer, collared lizards and other interesting native wildlife as well.

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Spring 48-80 F
Summer 68-96 F
Fall 55-85 F
Winter 33-59 F
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Nearby Cities
El Paso, TX
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Franklin Mountains State Park

Franklin Mountains State Park is the perfect place to reconnect with nature by camping in an RV. If you don't own an RV, then consider renting one on RVshare.com

Franklin Mountains State Park Campground

With its rates starting at $10 per night, you can get in some primitive camping at Franklin Mountains State Park. Drive your RV up to your site and enjoy an overnight stay among the ancient mountains. 

• Water hookups: No 

• Electrical hookups: No 

• Sewer hookups: No 

• Wi-Fi: No 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Grills, fire rings, picnic tables 

Mission RV Park

This large RV park is within a gated community in El Paso. It has spacious lots and 188 camping spots. Rates at Mission RV Park start at $44 a night, with weekly and monthly rates available.

• Water hookups: Yes 

• Electrical hookups: Yes 

• Sewer hookups: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Pool, hot tub, tennis court 

El Paso Roadrunner RV Park

This large RV park has a store and two RV service technicians on-site. Rates at this El Paso RV park start at $40 per night, with weekly and monthly rates available. 

• Water hookups: Yes 

• Electrical hookups: Yes 

• Sewer hookups: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Camp store, 24/7 laundry facilities

El Paso West RV Park

El Paso West RV Park describes itself as a green oasis in the desert, and the park does indeed have lush green grass and plenty of shade trees. Wet-n-Wild Water Park is in nearby Anthony, Texas. The daily rates here are about $45.

• Water hookups: Yes

• Electrical hookups: Yes 

• Sewer hookups: Yes

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes; has fenced-in dog area 

• Other amenities: Free cable, laundry facilities, picnic tables

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What to Do at
Franklin Mountains State Park

Inside Franklin Mountains State Park

See how many types of birds you can spot at this park where over 100 species have been spotted, including golden eagles. If you love rock climbing, then head to McKelligon Canyon or Sneed’s Cory. This park is also a great place for mountain biking, and there is even a vendor within the park that can introduce novices to this sport. There are many hiking trails available for exploring on foot or horseback.

Outside Franklin Mountains State Park

The park is within El Paso’s city limits, so it is easy to find great places to eat and shop. There are also many nearby attractions to explore. If you want to escape the big city, then consider visiting the smaller communities in this area. 


Kiki’s Mexican Restaurant

Get your favorite Mexican entrees at this restaurant or try something new, like crab tacos, at this location that has a daily lunch special. 

Type: Mexican

Location: 2719 N Piedras St, El Paso, TX 79930

The Hoppy Monk

This family-owned restaurant serves an extensive selection of beer and offers wings, burgers and tacos. Be sure to try their all-day Sunday brunch. 

Type: American

Location: 141 N Mesa St, El Paso, TX 79902

Peppes Restaurant

Get your favorite Tex-Mex entrees at this restaurant that serves excellent green chile enchiladas. 

Type: Mexican

Location: 6761 Doniphan Dr, Canutillo, TX 79835

Little Diner

Outstanding gorditas are on offer at this restaurant where the chips and salsa are always fresh. 

Type: Mexican

Location: 7209 7th St, Canutillo, TX 79835

Salt and Honey Bakery

Swedish meatballs, huge stacks of Bavarian pancakes and more are available at this restaurant that opens early for breakfast. 

Type: American

Location: 801 N. Piedras St, Suite 6, El Paso, TX 79902


El Paso Connection

Browse Southwestern flowerpots, Mexican blankets, furniture and more at this store with products coming from all parts of Mexico. 

Location: 1431 Gateway Blvd West, El Paso, TX 79928

The Whoopee Bowl Antique Mall

Original stained-glass windows, antique gambling tables, curio cabinets, signs and wagons are just a few of the things that you might find in the 11,000-square-foot showroom or in the 7 acres of outdoor space here. 

Location: 9010 N. Desert Blvd, Canutillo, TX 79835

Rocketbuster Boots

Find beautiful handmade cowboy boots at this shop. They've been making them for more than 30 years. 

Location: 115 Anthony St, El Paso, TX 79901

Starr Western Wear

This downtown El Paso store opened in 1964, and it contains one of the largest collections of blue jeans for sale in the state. They also make cowboy hats in the store. 

Location: 11751 Gateway Blvd W, El Paso, TX 79936

Dave’s: A Pawn Shop

For almost 70 years, this pawn shop has been buying the unusual from its customers, and you can find many unique things for sale, like shrunken heads and life-size mannequins. 

Location: 216 S. El Paso St, El Paso, TX 79936


Hueco Tanks State Historic Site

This state historic site is famous for its pictographs and rock-climbing opportunities. 

Location: 6900 Hueco Tanks Road No. 1, El Paso, TX 79938

1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss Museum

Learn about the role of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss in several conflicts, starting with World War II, at this museum. 

Location: 1735 Marshall Rd, Fort Bliss, TX 79906

El Paso Zoo

See the sea lion show at this small zoo that features over 200 species of animals. 

Location: 4001 E Paisano Dr, El Paso, TX 79905

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

In addition to going camping, you can go backpacking, hiking and rock climbing at this national park that is especially known for its beautiful fall colors. 

Location: Salt Flat, TX

Lhakhang Cultural Exhibit

Initially built for a folklife festival in Washington D.C., the University of Texas at El Paso is home to the Lhakhang Temple. It is the only temple of its type outside of Bhutan and was constructed using traditional building materials and techniques. 

Location: 500 West University Ave, El Paso, TX 79968

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How to Get to
Franklin Mountains State Park

Franklin Mountains State Park consists of four distinct units, but two of them are more frequently used. To reach the Tom Mays Unit from Interstate 10, take the Desert Blvd. North exit. Follow Desert Blvd. North to TX Highway 375. Follow this loop for about 4.75 miles, and Tom Mays will be on your left. 

To reach McKelligon Canyon, get on East Mills Avenue, headed southwest. Turn right on North Campbell Street. Turn right on East Rio Grande Drive, which becomes Grant Avenue. Turn left on Alabama Street, and take another left on McKelligon Canyon Road. Take a slight left to get on Davis-Seamon Road. 

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Entering Franklin Mountains State Park

Franklin Mountains State Park has weekday hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It's open on weekends from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Franklin Mountains State Park Per person : $5.0

Children 12 and under are free

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