Trans-Mountain Highway El Paso and Franklin Mountains

El Paso, Texas

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An 11-mile paved highway through the rugged Franklin Mountains, around which the city of El Paso forms a horseshoe shape. El Paso lies at the far western tip of Texas, squeezed between Old Mexico to the south and New Mexico to the north. The Rio Grande has cut a pass through a north-south mountain range, dividing the Franklin Mountains of Texas from similar mountains across the river in Mexico. In that cut, or river pass, sprawls the heart of El Paso. Two horns of the city curve up to the north, flanking the Franklin Mountains on both east and west, forming a large horseshoe-shaped urban area. Across the river, Juarez, Mexico, stretches for miles. Special attractions: Franklin Mountains State Park, Wilderness Park Museum, Border Patrol Museum, hiking, views. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

Trans-Mountain Highway: El Paso and Franklin Mountains Professional Review and Guide

"An 11-mile paved highway through the rugged Franklin Mountains, around which the city of El Paso forms a horseshoe shape. El Paso lies at the far western tip of Texas, squeezed between Old Mexico to the south and New Mexico to the north. The Rio Grande has cut a pass through a north-south mountain range, dividing the Franklin Mountains of Texas from similar mountains across the river in Mexico. In that cut, or river pass, sprawls the heart of El Paso.

Two horns of the city curve up to the north, flanking the Franklin Mountains on both east and west, forming a large horseshoe-shaped urban area. Across the river, Juarez, Mexico, stretches for miles. Special attractions: Franklin Mountains State Park, Wilderness Park Museum, Border Patrol Museum, hiking, views. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: El Paso
Distance: 11
Season: Year-round, hot in summer, best in fall
Local Contacts: Franklin Mountains State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Trans-Mountain Highway: El Paso and Franklin Mountains

Recent Trail Reviews

6/26/2006
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What trail? It's a big highway with only one 2-mile stretch that even offers a view (Franklin Mountains). The rest loops around El Paso - the dirtiest, most crowded ugly city I've seen in a while. Every map I had for the area was inaccurate, so it's confusing if you go off the loop. This was the biggest waste of precious time on my roadtrip.



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