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El Pasoans invited to 18th annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta this Saturday and Sunday

EL PASO, Texas - The El Paso Zoo and Franklin Mountains State Park are hosting the 18th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta, Saturday at the El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens from 10:30am to 3:00pm, and Sunday at the Tom Mays section of Franklin Mountains State Park and Castner Range. This is the second year in a row that the Fiesta is being held over two days in two different locations.

Every year the Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta celebrates the natural wonders of the mountainous desert in our big backyard while encouraging people to explore and discover parks and other protected areas.

There will be lots of exhibits set up in the Chihuahuan Desert exhibit of the zoo on Saturday, as well as live entertainment. The exhibit features the flora and fauna of this amazing region. It includes an arroyo and a flash flood feature that helps people better understand an important natural force helping to shape the desert landscape, plus common plants and animals including a number of endangered species.

Jason Ricketts who is a geologist at UTEP and studies the geologic history of New Mexico and western Texas, is one of many local experts who have signed up to lead hikes in the Franklin Mountains and present interactive exhibits and desert talks at the Fiesta.

For more information about all of the scheduled events, or to sign up for the hikes planned for Sunday at Franklin Mountains State Park, you can visit the Fiesta Information page at

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