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Franklin Mountains State Park (Tom Mays Unit)- Lower Sunset Trail

1331 McKelligon Canyon Road
El Paso, TX 79930
(915) 566-6441

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Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
4.67 Miles
Elevation:
400 Ft.
Fee:
$4 day/per person
Hours:
Summer hours are Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Saturday and Sunday 6:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. -- Winter hours are from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. everyday
Trail Condition:
Single Track

Once in the park, turn left at the first paved road going left. You will follow the paved road up and park in the parking area to the right. The trailhead is at the west end of the parking area. You will bike west on the paved road to the trailhead kiosk. Follow the trail west and down-hill to about 0.65 miles where the trail will turn north (right). Continue north on the trail. The trail will wind in and out of the arroyos. At the fork, novice bikers take the right side. Extreme bikers go left. At 2.80 miles the trail reaches its lowest point. At 3.54 miles there will be a trail junction. Follow the right trail, DO NOT take the arroyo. There are clearly marked signs. At 4.07 miles intersect the main trail; Follow this trail uphill to the parking lot at the end loop. This is a lengthy, tough but rewarding ride through difficult terrain, a test for any mountain biker.

Trail Directions/Description: Each of these trails can be accessed through the Tom Mays Park entrance which if coming from the Westside of El Paso and from Interstate 10, take the Canutillo/Transmountain Road exit and turn right toward the Mountains. The park entrance is located to the left after nearly 3.8 miles. From the Eastside of El Paso taking Highway 54, exit Fred Wilson Road and turn toward the mountain, travel over Transmountain to the park entrance. All trails are subject to park hours and fees.

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