Scenic Drive. — El Paso, TX

This Saturday, I decided to head south for a little morning trip around El Paso, TX. Like many large cities, El Paso has its share of cool things to check out. Even though it’s nestled right next to the Mexican border by Juarez, El Paso remains one of the safest cities in the county (per capita). Also, a population of well over 670,000 residents makes it the 19th largest city in the county. El Paso is quite nice to have nearby. Shops, restaurants and recreational activities are abound. If one gets bored in Las Cruces, it’s very common for them to migrate here for day and/or night fun.


The purpose of this post is to share one of my favorite areas, Scenic Drive. El Paso wraps itself around the Franklin Mountains and Scenic Drive slithers its way up the mountain where gorgeous city views await. Here we go!


The road isn’t a very long stretch. Luckily, there are some nice twisties to break loose on.


Here I am at the south entrance.


More curves!


I few curves are banked in such a way where there is an illusion you’re higher than you really are. (elevation here is probably in the neighborhood of 4,000ft)


Now, for a glimpse of the city…


At the very top, you can park and walk to the edge to take in the views. Juarez, MX sits in the distance here.


Here’s the walk to the edge.


The east view



And the south view where a few coin-operated binoculars are available for use.


On the way back down the mountain, there are several other pullouts.


It was a short drive, but well worth it. Hope you enjoyed!

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2 thoughts on “Scenic Drive. — El Paso, TX

  1. tysonhugie says:

    Sweet view from Scenic Drive! This reminds me a little of the drive around “Sentinel Peak” in Tucson with the University of Arizona’s “A” on it. TL is looking really nice these days.

  2. pawela says:

    Thanks, Tyson! Forgot to answer your comment here. Yeah I was thinking “A” mountain the whole way up! I’d like to hit up Tuscon someday soon and try out some night photography up there.

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