Palisades Canyon Loop is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near El Paso, TX that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
This trail is part of a series of trails that head towards Bliss Army and up into Franklin Mountain Park offering you the ability to connect with other trails.
The Palisades Canyon Loop is in the Franklin Mountains State Park at El Paso Texas. The entrance is located close to the Scenic Drive. There, you will find a network of trails and roads. For our walk, we selected some of the already established trails, trying to make the loop as long as possible. Sometimes the trail vanished and we had to find the way to connect to the following. The idea was to create a loop starting at the E. Robinson Ave., connect to the trailhead that is at the end of the Stanton St., climb the nearby hill and back to were we started. We did not go down to the Stanton St. parking lot. We just walked nearby the water tank and into the arroyo to the left. In this portion of the walk there was not a defined trail. In our way to the nearby hill, we walked close to a small rock canyon. For us this was the highlight of the trip. Then we continued our journey toward the E. Robinson Ave. This is an easy trail but it is a good example of the typical Franklin Mountains surroundings.
This is an easy trail to do with the family if you do not go up the mountain. You start at the end point at E Robinson Ave and finish at the Stanton St entrance (next the big water tank), then return. Small Canyon but very nice, if you have time, get off the trail and explore it, you will enjoy. We decided to go up on Thousand Steps Trail and continue to Ranger Peak, sat on the bench and enjoyed the nice view. We returned by the ridge trial passing the antennas (Comanche Peak) and took the road down.
Easy trail to grab that doesn't require a parking pass (cost money). The trail loosely follows a creek towards and into the Franklin Mountain Park and appears to connect with trails within Franklin Mnt. Park system.