Things To Do
Carlsbad Caverns National Park was established on October 25, 1923 in order to preserve the more than 100 known caves. The Park also contains Lechuguilla Cave, which is the nation's deepest limestone cave at 1,567 feet (478m) and fourth longest.
Towering above the city of El Paso is the Franklin Mountains State Park, the largest state park in an urban setting. Here you can hike rugged terrain in 37 square miles of desert wilderness, scrub vegetation and open space, with 125 miles of multi-use trails that are especially popular with mountain bikers. Camping and picnicking are also available (please, no ground fires, but charcoal fires can be built in grills at the picnic sites). Check the website calendar for special tours, for which reservations are required.
Hueco Tanks State Historic Site is known for its many American Indian rock paintings and unique geology. Pictograph tours are offered, as well as hiking, picnicking, climbing and camping opportunities. Limited access; reservations recommended. Call for hours of operation and admission fees.
At the northern end of the Chihuahuan Desert lies the world's largest gypsum dune field. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this gypsum dune field, along with the plants and animals that have successfully adapted to this constantly changing environment.
Whether you are situated at 4,692 feet above sea level amongst the majestic Franklin Mountains or atop 5,632 feet above sea level at Ranger Peak, a pic from either location is sure to make your followers envious. With a 7,000 square mile view, finding that perfect pic spot provides no challenge at all.