As if Texas needed another scenic drive that showcases our state’s mountains as you’ve never seen them before, we have one to add to your bucket list. Traversing Franklin Mountains State Park in El Paso, the Trans-Mountain El Paso Highway is a lesser-known thoroughfare with some of the best windshield views in Texas. This scenic drive in Texas will take your breath away!

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To learn more about this scenic drive in Texas, visit its page on AllTrails. Of, course, if you do a lot of hiking why not give AllTrails+ a try for all the latest info about your favorite trails?

Have you ever driven the Trans-Mountain El Paso Highway? If so, we’d love to hear all about your experience in the comments section!

Interested in learning more about Franklin Mountains State Park? Check out our previous article for a hike in the park that leads straight to an abandoned mine.

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What are some scenic drives in Texas?

Texas has a lot of open roads to cover, and some of it is pretty incredible. Here are a few scenic drives in Texas that will make you appreciate the beautiful state we live in:

  • Highway 90/385: This section between Highway 90 and Highway 385 is particularly enchanting at sunrise and sunset when the Chisos Mountains are lit from above. You'll be heading right toward Big Bend with this beautiful mountain range set right across your windshield.
  • River Road: Also near Big Bend, TX this road runs alongside the Rio Grande for epic views on all sides. If you want to drive from end-to-end it will take you a good day of driving, but the scenery is worth it.
  • Highway 207: Slice right through the Palo Duro Canyon with your silver bullet as you enjoy a scenic landscape of red rock and low desert fauna. With gorgeous bluffs rising up out of the desert it is a peaceful serene drive through the heart of Northern Texas
  • Texas Swiss Alps Scenic Drive: The beautiful thing about this drive is the lush landscape. Instead of brown and red deserts, you'll be treated to lots of green in the spring and summer and a golden glow in the fall. On this scenic road in Texas, you'll pass through Leakey where you can see the iconic 2,400-foot rock faces that rise up out of the earth.
  • Lonesome Highway: Texas is a big state with lots of wide-open areas so there may be a lot of highways that feel pretty desolate, but the Lonesome Highway is pretty awe-inspiring. The Guadalupe Mountains rise up like a massive tsunami in front of you making you realize just how small we are against the earth we call home. With long stretches of road between towns, this highway really does feel like you are the only one on earth at times.