National Park Service Areas
There are several national parks within a few hours of El Paso. White Sands National Monument,Guadalupe Mountains National Park and Carlsbad Caverns National Park are all potential day trips from El Paso. Find other national parks to visit along your route by visiting www.nps.gov and using the search tool in the top right corner.
State and Local Parks
The City of El Paso manages a wide range of land from neighborhood parks and recreation centers to the beautiful Municipal Rose Garden and the Rio Bosque Wetlands haven for birds. Visit the City of El Paso Parks and Recreation for more information.
At over 24,000 acres, Franklin Mountains State Park ranks as the largest urban wilderness in the continental United States.
From the top of Ranger Peak in the Franklin Mountains, look over El Paso, across Ciudad Juarez and into New Mexico.
This park has it all, rock climbing, plants, wildlife, and ancient petroglyphs. It is located about 35 miles east of El Paso, but it is well worth the visit.