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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/

Presented to the El Paso Neighborhood Coalition on 04/18/2022

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

Rock Squirrel Fun Facts Video

Fri. Feb. 2nd 12PM

This pre-recorded video that is posted to Wyler Aerial Tramway's Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Peak Challenge - Thousand Steps trail

Sat. Feb. 3rd 8AM

This is a strenuous 3.5 mile hike on steep and rugged terrain up to the B36 crash overlook and back.

Distance: 3.5 miles

Difficulty: Strenuous

What to bring: plenty of water, sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing, snacks, hiking sticks (optional).

Meeting location: Thousand Steps trailhead (4999 N Stanton St)

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 9121.

Women Hike - Nature Walk

Sun. Feb. 4th 8:30AM

This month we'll take it easy with a walk at the nature walk are to learn about some of our local plants.

Distance: 0.75 miles

Difficulty: Easy

What to bring: water, sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing, hiking sticks (optional).

Meeting location: Nature Walk trailhead

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. 

Reservation required by calling the park at 915 444 9121.

Lantern-Lit Copper Mine Tour

Sat. Feb. 10th 8:30AM

Join a park ranger for this historic tour of the copper prospect mine. To get to the mine we'll take a short hike over rubble to then slide into the mine.

What to bring:  water, sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing, snacks, hiking sticks (optional), flashlight (optional), helmet (optional).

Meeting location: West Cottonwood Spring trailhead

Fee:$8.00 per adult 13 years of age and older, $3.00 for Texas State Park Pass holders and $1.00 children between the ages of 5 and 12. 

Reservation required by calling the park at 915 444 9121. Limited capacity.

Copper Mine Tours

Sat. Feb. 10th 11AM & 2PM

Join a park ranger for a tour of the copper prospect mine. To get to the mine we'll take a short hike over rubble to then slide into the mine.

What to bring:  water, sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing, snacks, hiking sticks (optional), flashlight (optional), helmet (optional).

Meeting location: West Cottonwood Spring trailhead

Fee:$8.00 per adult 13 years of age and older, $3.00 for Texas State Park Pass holders and $1.00 children between the ages of 5 and 12. 

Reservation required by calling the park at 915 444 9121. Limited capacity.

There will be 2 tours one at 11AM and the next one at 2PM

Birding with Harriet 

Sun. Feb. 11th 12:30PM

In honor of Black History Month we are hosting this birding program where we'll learn how to identify birds by sound and how this skill was used by Harriet Tubman on the underground railroads. This program will include an easy walk on the Nature Walk trail and time on the bird blind.

Distance: 0.75 miles

Difficulty: Easy

What to bring: water, sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing, snacks, hiking sticks (optional).

Meeting location: Nature Walk trailhead

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. 

Reservation required by calling the park at 915 444 9121.

Couples Sunset Hike - Upper Sunset trail

Fri. Feb. 16th 4:30PM

Bring your best friend, significant other, or whoever you would like to share the beautiful El Paso sunset with. We will be hiking towards the sunset to enjoy the view from our mountains. 

Distance: 1.5 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

What to bring: plenty of water, sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing, snacks, hiking sticks (optional), flashlight (optional).

Meeting location: Beginner's loop area / Picnic sites 1-5. Take the first left turn after you pass the visitor center

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 get your entrance permits ahead of time as the office closes at 4PM.

*Call the park to check capacity before buying your permits.

Reservation required by calling the park at 915 444 9121. Limited capacity.

Arts in the Parks: Watercolor Workshop

Sat. Feb. 17th 12PM - 1PM

Join local artist Pámela Vigo Sánchez from Silver Pick Studios on this nature inspired watercolor workshop.

Meeting location: park's visitor center.

Materials will be provided and workshop is free; however participants need to pay the park entrance fee.

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. 

Reservation required by calling the park at 915 444 9121. Limited capacity.

Last Sunday Hike - Aztec Cave trail

Sun. Feb. 25th 8:30AM

The last hike of this month will be to the Aztec Caves, it is a moderate hike with steep incline and loose rock towards the end.

Distance: 1.2 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

What to bring: water, sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing, snacks, hiking sticks (optional).

Meeting location: Aztec Caves trailhead

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. 

Reservation required by calling the park at 915 444 9121.

Arts in the Parks: Printmaking Workshop

Sun. Feb. 25th 12PM - 4PM

Join local artist Susan Gonzalez from Skuishi Press on this nature inspired printmaking workshop. Participants will learn about the history of printmaking, printmaking techniques, and will make their own matrix  to print and discover an alternative way of adding color. 

Meeting location: park's visitor center.

Materials will be provided and workshop is free; however participants need to pay the park entrance fee.

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. 

Reservation required by calling the park at 915 444 9121. Limited capacity.

**Note: participants must be at least 13 years of age. Blades and printmaking machines will be used.

Ask the Expert: Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project 

Thur. Feb. 29th 

This month we are featuring Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project on our monthly Q & A series. Join us live on Facebook and learn about this organization and what they do locally


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