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Several people have asked for these directions for bypassing heavy traffic on I-10 through El Paso, so I decided to write a post
that can be easily referred to in the future. For RVers, this is a great way to
avoid the heaviest traffic on I-10, and especially to avoid the steep
climb/descent over Mt. Franklin. For anyone else, it’s still an easier way to
get through/around the city. This is NOT a shortcut, but a low-stress bypass.
1. Exit I-10 at Joe Battle Blvd (exit #34) to get on TX-375 Loop
2. Go approximately 21 miles, turn right (northbound) on US-54/Patriot Fwy.
Note that this turn isn't well-marked with signs. DO NOT take Transmountain
Road, as the climb is pretty steep.
3. Go approximately 2 miles, take exit 31 to FM-3255/MLK Jr Blvd, turn left
(northbound). This becomes NM-213 when you cross into New Mexico (about 5 miles
from last turn).
4. At the traffic circle (about 3 miles from state line) take SR-404/O'Hara
5. Go approximately 8 miles, get back on I-10 (westbound) at exit #162. If
you want to go to Camping World or Flying J, go eastbound about 1.5 miles to
1. Exit I-10 at NM-404/O'Hara Rd (exit #162). Turn left (eastbound). (See
note above re Camping World/Flying J).
2. Go approximately 8 miles. At the traffic circle turn right (southbound) on
NM-213. This becomes FM-3255 when you cross into Texas (about 3 miles from
3. Go approximately 5 miles, take the entrance to US-54/Patriot Fwy
4. Go approximately 2 miles, take exit 29 to TX-375 Loop. Turn left
5. Go approximately 21 miles to get back on I-10 eastbound.
Total miles: 39, vs. 36 if you stay on I-10, with a lot less
traffic and stress.