One of the most amazing natural features of the Borderland is the Franklin mountains. The Franklin Mountains State Park is one of the best places in the country to go hiking, and soon , the Park will also sport a new, multi-million dollar Visitor Center.

The new 7,000 sq. ft. Visitor Center will replace the current 500 sq. ft. center. It will be built on Transmountain Road near the Museum of Archaeology and the Border Patrol Museum in the northeast. A retired UTEP professor who worked hard to get the new Center said the headquarters of the Franklin Mountains State Park was grossly inadequate for a park of this magnitude. Richard Teschner said the new Center will be "worthy of the largest urban wilderness park in the United States. There will be an official celebration announcing the new Visitor Center this Saturday, June 27th, at 10 a.m. at the current McKelligon Canyon Headquarters.

If you've never been to the Franklin Mountains State Park, you really should make it a point to go. It is unbelievably beautiful and one of the jewels of the El Paso area. It's good to see that we will be getting a Visitor Center that will make us as proud as the Park does.