Don’t go away from the past two weeks’ worth of blog posts thinking the only things to see in the El Paso area are outside El Paso. Far from it. El Paso is a major city — 19th in the country in terms of population, and fifth largest in Texas. And it’s unique. It’s the only major U.S. city I know that is divided by a mountain chain. The Franklin Mountains divide West El Paso from the Northeast portion of town. Only a narrow strip of land between the south end of the Franklins and Juarez Mountains, through which the U.S.-Mexican border meanders, allow routine passage from west to east. This gap between the Franklins and the Juarez Mountains is the “Paso” (pass) in “El Paso”. The only other route is along Transmountain Road, which cuts through the Franklins and crests at an altitude of one mile/1.6 kilometers above sea level. That 5,280-foot/1,609-meter elevation puts you some 1,300 feet/400 meters above the surrounding desert, so from here you can get really fantastic views of two countries (U.S. and Mexico) and three states (Texas, New Mexico, and Chihuahua).
The Franklins themselves offer some very interesting sights as well. For instance, here’s a shot of Elephant Rock as seen from Transmountain Road:
As for this excursion to Cloudcroft and our stop at Mexican Canyon, here are my two favorite shots from that portion of our David Williams Tour:
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