Hiking the Franklin Mountains is a very affordable weekend activity. Here the directions from the State of Texas website,
“The park is located on the northern edge of El Paso, in far west Texas. There are three primary access points to this park. On the west side and from Interstate 10, take the Canutillo/Trans-Mountain Road exit and turn toward the mountains and enter the park 3.8 miles from the Interstate. On the east side and from Highway 54, exit on Fred Wilson Road and turn west toward the mountains. The third primary access point is near the summit of the Transmountain Road (Loop 375). and is a parking lot with two trail heads.”
When you access the park, the cost is $4 a person. Be sure to take plenty of water with you. At least 3 liters a person if you are going to hike Mount Franklin North. As always, be cautious of snakes and watch your step. When you are standing almost 3,000 ft above El Paso, be proud…you are at one of the highest points in the state of Texas. Also, you can rock climb and mountain bike too!