Known for mild temps and sunny skies, El Paso is the ideal getaway for outdoor enthusiast. With over 300 sunny days a year,thrill-seekers alike journey to the Sun City during the winter months for their dose of vitamin D and real adventure. Hike, bike, climb-El Paso has it all no matter what time of year!
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.
For those seeking to "climb" their way to the top, Hueco Tanks State Historic Park is world-renowned for rock climbing and bouldering. the 860-acre park is named for its large natural rock basins that for years supplied trapped rainwater to dwellers Marvel at the imagery that dates back thousands of years, then hike, rock climb, bird watch, study nature and history, picnic and stargaze. Also available are guided and self-guided tours to view rock imagery. Located in a historic ranch house, the interpretive center is the perfect place to learn about the park and its history. Hueco Tanks is mainly a day-use park. However, they do have 20 campsites.
Outdoor Annual Events Include:
The Puzzler Mountain Bike Race., is considered one of the most challenging mountain bike races in the region. The single track, technical terrain tests its riders with over 6,200 feet of climb. (January)
Lone Star 100. is a true Texas Mountain Race with climbs over 7,000 ft. Trail runners climb to North Franklin Peak where a stunning view awaits them. (February)
Hueco Rock Rodeo hosts adventure films, live music, clinics and the highly anticipated bouldering competition. Every year competitors from around the world are drawn to this iconic bouldering location. (February)
The Michelob Ultra Springfoot Marathon. is a Boston qualifier that traverses most of El Paso’s well-known neighborhoods. Runners enjoy a beautiful sunrise over the Hueco Mountains and striking views of the colorful Chihuahauan Desert. (February)
Franklin Mountains Trail Run. feature a 50k, 13.1 mile, 10k and 5k. The combination of straight climbs, technical terrain and switchbacks make for one of the region’s most inspiring and sought out events. (November)