A sacred and historic rock-climbing site, and a popular hiking destination inside El Paso city limits are among the Texas state parks you can get into for free on Sunday, November 13.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced it will be waiving entrance fees at Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site, Franklin Mountains State Park, and all other state parks in observance of Veterans Day.

The no-entry fee day is in recognition of our men and women who served, but you don’t have to be a veteran to get in free; anyone and everyone who likes the great outdoors benefits.

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Hueco Tanks has been a destination for local rock-climbing enthusiast for many generations, and is considered a legendary outdoor bouldering area. The entirety of the Tanks is an archaeological site with such historical significance it has received designation as a National Landmark.

Texas Parks & Wildlife
Texas Parks & Wildlife

Franklin Mountains State Park, a favorite hiking, biking, and bird and nature watching destination, is also among the parks you won’t have to pay to get into on November 13.

Both state parks fill up quickly on weekends, so the Park Service recommends that anyone who would like to take advantage of the get-in-free offer reserve a day pass in advance as all parks are operating at a limited capacity. Day pass reservations can be made online through the TPWD website or by calling 512-389-8900.

Oh, and if you see a veteran on the trail, be sure to thank them for their service.

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