One of the more colorful signs it’s springtime in El Paso is when the Mexican Gold Poppies come out of hibernation and dot the nature trails on Castner Range in a blaze of yellow.

And there’s no better time and place to see the picturesque covered landscape than at the annual Franklin Mountains Poppies Fest. The free family-friendly event is this Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology on Transmountain Road.

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Put on a pair of comfortable shoes, grab a cap, lather on the sunscreen, and become one with nature this Saturday -- and don’t forget your camera. I'm told it's the best bloom in quite a few years.

Parking

Parking is not allowed at the museum. Instead you’re asked to park for free at the El Paso Community College Transmountain campus (Diana exit, off U.S. 54) and board a free ADA accessible shuttle to and from the Poppies Fest.