Franklin Mountains State Park and Fred Hervey Water Reclamation Ponds Professional Review and Guide
"The Franklin Mountains form a rugged backdrop to the city of El Paso and extend north-south for 23 miles, 8 miles within New Mexico. North Franklin Peak reaches an elevation of 7,192 feet. The state park of 24,000 acres is the largest urban (totally located within a city) park in the nation. Dominated by Chihuahuan Desert vegetation, the park contains an extensive trail system (14 miles). The park’s trails can also be accessed through McKellgon Canyon, a city/county facility in the southern portion of the state park. The Wilderness Park Museum, located just west of US 54, contains a number of exhibits on the area’s natural and historical resources, as well as a nature trail.
Key birds: “Mexican Duck” (Mallard); Golden Eagle; Harris’s Hawk; Scaled and Gambel’s Quails; Greater Roadrunner; Chihuahuan Raven; Verdin; Cactus, Rock, and Canyon Wrens; Curve-billed and Crissal Thrashers; Pyrrhuloxia; Rufous-crowned, Black-chinned, and Black-throated Sparrows; Canyon Towhee; and Lesser Goldfinch are present year-round. Swainson’s Hawk, Lesser Nighthawk, Common Poorwill, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Violet-green Swallow, Indigo Bunting, and Scott’s Oriole occur in summer. Western and Mountain Bluebirds, Townsend’s Solitaire, Green-tailed Towhee, Brewer’s Sparrow, and Lark Bunting can usually be found in winter."