This weekend, the City of El Paso invites the community to pay tribute to Scenic Drive to celebrate its centennial birthday.

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Last year in October marked 100-years since Scenic Drive broke ground, and now the City of El Paso will be commemorating the location with a tribute.

Positioned along the edge of the mountains, across the southern tip of the Franklins, Scenic Drive overlooks two countries and three states. The lookout point has even been the backdrop to music videos thanks to artists like Khalid and Leon Bridges and is hands down one of the most iconic landmarks in El Paso.

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Thanks to the advent of the automobile Scenic Drive became a viable idea when in 1920, the then-Mayor Charles Davis and City Council approved the construction of the thoroughfare. Finished in October 1920, Scenic Drive quickly became a popular attraction stretching 1.82-miles and reaching an elevation of 4,222 feet, 500 feet above the Rio Grande.

This weekend during Scenic Sundays, El Paso City Representative Alexandra Annello, District 2, and City Representative Peter Svarzbein, District 1, invite the public to pay tribute as the City presents a plaque to commemorate the 100-year milestone of one of the most recognized vistas in the City.

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Scenic Sundays take place every Sunday when Scenic Drive closes to vehicular traffic to allow runners, joggers, walkers, and cyclists an opportunity to exercise while taking in the panoramic view of the City alongside the Franklin Mountains.

City staff will provide free transportation from the gated area on the west side of Scenic Drive to the Scenic Drive overlook for individuals requiring assistance getting to the event.

Celebrate Scenic Drive this Sunday and get a healthy jump start to your week while capturing one of El Paso’s stunning sunrises.

  • Tribute to Scenic Drive
  • Scenic Drive (Scenic Sundays)
  • Begins at 7:02 a.m. at the overlook
  • Participants are encouraged to share their memories, photos, and thoughts about the centennial using the hashtag #scenic100 on social media.

For more information on the Scenic Sunday’s centennial, please visit sunrisecivicgroup.org/events.

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