Castner Range is a 7,081-acre mountain range surrounded by the Franklin Mountains State Park in the heart of El Paso, Texas. Today I reintroduced the Castner Range National Monument Act which would ensure that the public can continue to enjoy this land forever.
Castner Range is the crown jewel of West Texas and a treasure that deserves to be preserved for all El Pasoans and Americans to enjoy. Beyond its beauty, protecting Castner Range helps us conserve El Paso’s precious aquifers that lie beneath it, preserve numerous archaeological and historical resources that date as far back as 10,000 years and safeguard its one-of-a-kind vegetation and wildlife, such as the Texas horned lizard, Trans-Pecos rat snake, and the Texas lyre snake. Further, it preserves an important former military training facility — a reflection of El Paso’s strong relationship to Fort Bliss and its longstanding military and veterans’ community.
Additionally, this bill would bring a national monument to the heart of El Paso, and help our binational community by bringing visitors to the region. I will continue to work with my colleagues and the Administration to achieve this goal.