Franklin Mountains, El Paso
Franklin Mountains is a 24,000 acre park within the city of El Paso (making it the largest urban wilderness park in the country) containing the Chihuahuan Desert mountain range. The park has some great hiking trails and spectacular scenery. Activities include: Primitive camping; hiking; picnicking; archeological and historic sites; and nature watching. The most challenging trail is the Ron Coleman Trail.
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.