"El Paso Tramway, Franklin Mountains & Scenic View" Franklin Mountains Tip by hsrosen

Franklin Mountains, El Paso: 2 reviews and 4 photos


This photo of El Paso is taken from a high point in the Franklin Mountains at about 7,200 feet elevation. An aerial tramcar takes about 5 minutes from the east side base station to the peak. There are viewpoints, a giftshop and facilities.

The view looks South with downtown El Paso near the center. The US/Mexican border crosses (E-W) near the center and along the Rio Grande waterway. In the background is Juarez, (Chihuahua) Mexico and the Sierra Madre Mountains (The Juarez Mountains locally). You can also see some desert plants and views all around. Major highways and rail lines come through the "Pass of the North" (El Paso Del Norte). It was part of the original Butterfield Stagecoach lines from Missouri to the West Coast. Early Spanish conquistadores, traders and Missionaries crossed here (N-S) along the Camino Real.

Address: Tramway entrance road off McKinley Ave. & Alabama
Directions: Take Alabama St. between Murchison and Fred Wilson. Look for the green signs. The steep road goes to the base station. Admission is charged. More views are on McKelligan Canyon, Scenic Drive and Trans-Mountain Road.
Website: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/tram/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 11, 2005
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