El Paso, Texas

Las Cruses, New Mexico isn’t too far from the NM/Texas border so we decided to make a day trip to El Paso, Texas which was less than 50 miles away. We had read about a scenic drive to the Franklin Mountains, which had several overlooks that would give you a great views of Juarez, Mexico as well as the city of El Paso, Texas. We did some sightseeing in El Paso in the morning, and after noon then we headed for the scenic drive to the Franklin Mountains and  the Transmountain Road which would take us through the mountains.

This drive is one of the best we have taken since starting our journey around the USA. We stopped several times at pullouts and at a small city park along the way; all with fantastic views of the city. As we got closer to the top of the mountains we were able to see all the way to Juarez, Mexico, and with the aid of binoculars could make out the border and many of the larger buildings in Mexico. It was a beautiful ride up and then through the mountains. We took our time and enjoyed reading all the Historical Markers at each stop. There were placques which pointed out described landmarks and buildings so a person would know what they were seeing at each overlook.

This is a marker at a small park near the base of the scenic road where we made our first stop.

This is a marker at a small park near the base of the scenic road where we made our first stop

Look closely and you can see what looks like an X; this is Juarez, Mexico.

Look closely and you can see what looks like an X; this is Juarez, Mexico.

This park had a good view of part of El Paso.

This park had a good view of part of El Paso.

Historic Marker for scenic drive up Franklin Mountain

Historic Marker for scenic drive up Franklin Mountain

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