In the westernmost corner of Texas, situated on the banks of the Rio Grande, is El Paso. Being just across the border from the Mexican town of Chihuahua, there are plenty of Latino influences to be seen throughout the city. But it’s not just the delicious Tex-Mex food or the Mexican influenced festivals that are on offer. El Paso is a fascinating city thriving in the desert, boasting a diverse array of flora and fauna, and is home to famous historical sites and first-class museums and art galleries.

01Franklin Mountains State Park

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El Paso is the location of the largest urban park in the United States. Franklin Mountains State Park is the ideal place to escape the bustle of the city without having to travel too far. This place of natural beauty has plenty to offer with invigorating hiking and biking trails or rock climbing for the more adventurous. Whether taking a gentle stroll or off on a long bike ride, keep an eye out for Franklin Mountains’ ringtail cats, coyotes, and its wide variety of reptiles and small mammals.