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Frontera Land Alliance

General Information

Land trusts offer a solution for land conservation that does not rely on government funding to help protect the land.

Land trusts conserve natural areas, working farms and ranches by negotiating voluntary agreements with property owners to leave their land undeveloped.

There are over 30 land trusts in Texas that have helped to conserve over 1.6 million acres of farms, wetlands, deserts, mountains, forests, watersheds, and coastlines.

Land trusts conserve Texas’s special lands and waters by permanently protecting them from development. Land trusts frequently have missions designed to ensure that every Texan has access to clean water and the opportunity to be connected to the state’s natural and cultural heritage.

Conserving land carries with it many long-lasting benefits for our state. By preventing more land from being paved over by asphalt or concrete, we are ensuring that more of our precious rainfall water will soak into the ground and into our aquifers, thereby replenishing the water supply. And conserving land protects habitat for iconic Texas wildlife.

Land trusts bring people together to make commitments that can change communities. 

Together we can ensure that the Texas landscape – rich in history, natural resources, breathtaking views and recreational opportunities – can be left intact for all of us today and for future generations.

Source: https://www.fronteralandalliance.org/about

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Resources

Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition

General Information

The Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition was formed in 1978 and played a central role in the events that led to the establishment of Franklin Mountains State Park in 1979. The Coalition consists of organizations and individuals united in their concern for the Franklins in Texas and New Mexico and dedicated to:

Source: https://franklinmountains.wordpress.com/about/

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Ongoing Issues and Efforts

Save Our Sierras

Save Our Sierras (SOS) is a committee of the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition.  SOS is an organization comprised totally of volunteers who are dedicated to the preservation of the Franklin Mountains.  Our primary goal is to limit the exploitation of the Franklin Mountains as well as to ensure any future development projects are implemented in an environmentally and ecologically responsible manner, in order to maintain the beauty and grandeur of these wonderful landmarks for the enjoyment of current and future generations of El Pasoans.

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Castner Update

The Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition, partnering with The Frontera Land Alliance, Congressman Beto O’Rourke, the El Paso Community Foundation and an army of volunteers worked diligently in 2016 to preserve Castner Range as a National Monument.  Over 35,000 letters and artwork supporting Castner’s preservation were created.  Local, county and state agencies proclaimed their backing of the effort.  Opinion/editorials appeared in local, state, and national publications urging that Castner become a Monument. 

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Resources

Franklin Mountains State Park

General Information

The Franklin Mountains provided most of the basic necessities of life for early people here. Today, the mountains meet a different human need – our need for time in nature. Come explore these high-desert mountains, just 15 minutes from El Paso.

Source: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/franklin-mountains

Upcoming Events

DETAILS

Peak Challenge at Thousand Steps Trail

Sat. May 11th at 7:30am

Challenge yourself against some of the most difficult hikes in the Franklin Mountains.

The Franklin Mountains is a rugged playground for those looking to challenge themselves. This month we will be taking this challenge in the southern section of the park at the Thousand Steps trail.

Length: 4 miles

Trail Difficulty: Strenuous. This is a steep and rugged hike up to the B-36 crash site overlook and back. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water for this one!

Bring: water, water, water, snacks, hiking boots/shoes, sun protection (sun screen, hat, sun glasses) and comfortable clothes.

Meeting location: The Thousand Steps trailhead. Park in the gravel parking area at the end of North Stanton Street.

Fee: $5.00 per adult 13 years of age and older, $0.00 for Texas State Park Pass holders and children between the ages of 5 and 12. Please bring a check or exact change, as the Ranger or volunteers guiding the hike will be unable to make change. Or purchase your entrance ahead of time at texasstateparks.reserveamerica.com

**Reservation required by calling the park at 915 444 9100


Old Tin Mine Hike

Sat. May 18th at 7am

Join a Park Ranger or volunteer guides for a hike out to the El Paso Tin Mines, the remains of a mining operation from the early 1900s.

This is a moderate to difficult hike of 6 miles. The trail is a well-marked old jeep road with a gentle but steady climb for about 3 miles until you arrive at the mines.

You can explore two of the old shafts and the ruins of the smelter before heading back the way you came.

Bring: water, water, water, snacks, hiking boots/shoes, sun protection (sun screen, hat, sun glasses) and comfortable clothes.

Meeting location: Chuck Heinrich Memorial Park off of Officer Andrew Barcena Dr.

Fee: $5.00 per adult 13 years of age and older, $0.00 for Texas State Park Pass holders and children between the ages of 5 and 12. Please bring a check or exact change, as the Ranger or volunteers guiding the hike will be unable to make change. Or purchase your entrance ahead of time at texasstateparks.reserveamerica.com

 **Reservation required by calling the park at 915 444 9100


Women Hike at Agave Loop

Sun. May 19th at 8:30am

Come explore the beautiful Chihuahuan Desert with other women, led by a female ranger or volunteer.

This hike is a moderate 1.5 miles. It begins with a gradual incline through a well maintained switchback trail to wide open vistas to the west. The return trip travels down over scree, or rubble, proving to be challenging for some.

Bring: water, water, water, snacks, hiking boots/shoes, sun protection (sun screen, hat, sun glasses) and comfortable clothes.

Fee: $5.00 per adult 13 years of age and older, $0.00 for Texas State Park Pass holders and children between the ages of 5 and 12. Or purchase your entrance ahead of time at texasstateparks.reserveamerica.com

**Reservation required by calling the park at 915 444 9100


Last Sunday Hike to Lower Sunset Trail

Sun. May 26th at 8am

Join a park ranger on a guided hike through the Western foothills of the Franklin Mountains.

This hike is a moderate 3 mile hike. After a steep initial descent down an old jeep road, the trail transitions to well-maintained trail that climbs up and out of the canyon meandering around rock outcroppings before making its way back up. It ends with a slightly steeper climb up to the scenic overlook.

Bring: water, water, water, snacks, hiking boots/shoes, sun protection (sun screen, hat, sun glasses) and comfortable clothes.

Fee: $5.00 per adult 13 years of age and older, $0.00 for Texas State Park Pass holders and children between the ages of 5 and 12. Or purchase your entrance ahead of time at texasstateparks.reserveamerica.com

**Reservation required by calling the park at 915 444 9100

FLYERS

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Plan Your Visit

Visiting the park and not sure where to start? Check out the trail recommendations!
The park offers over 100 miles of trails to explore. No matter if this is your first time or you are an experienced hiker, there is at least one trail for you.

How much time do you have?

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Resources

   

Last Sunday Hike to Agave Lop