Scenic Drive traces a winding course on the southern flank of Mount Franklin above downtown El Paso, with a view of Juárez across the river. Reached from Richmond Street on the east and from Rim Road on the west.
El Paso is "V" shaped, divided by the imposing steep slopes of the Franklin Mountains. Connecting the V's top ends is Loop 375 (Transmountain Road) that climbs through mile-high Smugglers Gap with impressive views of rugged mountain-desert scenery. Accessible from I-10 northwest of the city and from U.S. 54 northeast.