I stopped in El Paso during my trip to stay in a hotel for the night, and since I had few hours before dark, I was looking for things to do in the city. Museums and zoos and a lot of entertaining places were suggested. However, I opted for the Scenic Drive.
The beautiful El Paso mountains.
Over the southern tip of Franklin Mountain was the Rim Road of the El Paso Scenic Drive, called the Murchison Park.
The drive along the curvy road going up the mountain was so worth of the travel experience, when you finally stand on the overlook rim, feel the winds and see the beauty of the view, the cityscape, and the sunset. It was breathtaking!
From my vantage point on the rim was the panoramic view of three cities/states in two countries: New Mexico, El Paso, TX and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Driving up the mountains when there was plenty of daylight and parking spot on the side of the road would be a great idea, as it could get really crowded at peak hours and a lot of people would be on the rather narrow curvy road. And since this was an overlook, also check for the sky conditions. This time the sky was clear and beautiful and perfect for viewing the horizon.
The ‘famous’ Rainbow food truck was there on one of the parking spots selling snacks.
I stayed on to watch the captivating sunset and the city lights coming to life at night. It is a must when you are there.
The Murchison Park, the official name of the Scenic Drive Overlook, was given in honor of S. MacIntosh Murchison, founder of Mortgage Investment Company in El Paso, Texas.