Fiesta Information

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The Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta is the signature event of the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition and Franklin Mountains State Park.   Last year nearly 800 people attended and with the 15th Annual Fiesta coming up on September 28, 2019,  we could break the 1000 mark.  (See poster below)

Here is our schedule for the Fiesta.  This year we are planning to offer guided hikes at times that do not conflict with the schedule as much as possible plus have times when nothing is scheduled on the stage so that participants can interact with the organizations that participate with informational and interactive desert education booths.

9 am – Opening welcome and entertainment until 9:30

10 am -Zoo animal encounter

10:30 to 11 – No program, visit our desert education interactive booths 

11-11:30 – Story Telling with Alex Mares

11:30-noon – No program, visit our desert education interactive booths  

Noon to 12:30 – Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo Social Dancers Performance

12:30 to 1 – No program, visit our desert education interactive booths 

1 to 1:30  -Zoo animal encounter 

1:30 to 2 – no program, visit our desert education interactive booths 

2 to 2:30  – Entertainment

2:30 to 3  – no program, visit our desert education interactive booths 

3:00 – Closing remarks

Behind the scenes, volunteers and park staff are making arrangements for tents, chairs, a stage, entertainment, food, speakers, guided short hikes and educational booths sponsored by local nature groups.  As in the past all activities will be centered at the end of the loop road at the Tom Mays Park section off of Loop 375 in West El Paso.   If you want to be involved in anyway please contact us.

Over the past fourteen years thousands of El Pasoans attending the Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta at Tom Mays Park have discovered the rugged beauty of Franklin Mountains State Park.  The park features hiking trails, camping and picnic sites surrounded by an undisturbed Chihuahuan Desert landscape.  The 15th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta  is a free community event planned for September 28th, 2019 from 9am to 3pm.    Be sure to follow this blog to receive Fiesta Updates and other interesting news about our desert.

The Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition is looking for new members and membership is free.


-The good feeling of knowing that you are helping others understand and appreciate our beautiful Chihuahuan Desert
-Invitation to events including the Annual Membership Meeting, Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta, Special Programs and more.

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