We decided to stop in El Paso to plan our itinerary for the next week. We selected the Mission RV Park from
the Trailer Life directory based on itís rating.
While we were setting up we noticed that there was an RV tour caravan being assembled on our end of the campground. It turned out to be Tracks RV Tours to Copper Canyon in Mexico. The Copper Canyon tour is the only tour we have ever been interested in. Unknown to us, this is the starting point for that tour. Everyone going on the tour meets here, attends meetings, have the tour Logo and RV number put on front and back of their RV, and learns all of the tour rules and details. This is the first tour of the season and is for 27 days, which includes the Baja Peninsula. The 22 RVís left real early so they could cross the border before the crowd. A border crossing is about 2 miles down the road from this campground.
Similar to the California Missions, El Paso has "The El Paso Mission Trail." Part of this trail was in Mexico but in 1829 the Rio Grande had a huge flood and changed it's course. Because the treaty with Mexico established the Rio Grande as the natural boundary, one of the missions, which was in Mexico before the flood, ended up in the US after. Because we always enjoyed touring the early missions we did tour the El Paso Mission Trail. Two of the three missions on the trail are being refurbished. One we could only see from the outside. Two of the missions are located on an indian reservation. The structures are over 300 years old and are the longest "continuously occupied" religious structures in the United States.
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