Rio Grande River at El Paso del Norte
The Rio Grande served as a way through the mountains. The conquistadores
came up the coast of Mexico and through Chihuahua.
El Paso the Rio Grande turns due north. By following the Rio Grande
the Spanish explorers reached Las Cruces,
Albuquerque, Taos, and the fabled city of gold, Santa Fe.
Today we know that the shallow river is no barrier. It is easily walked
across. Still it provided enough fresh water that it enabled the explorers
to live in the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert. Here they could pause,
refresh, and prepare to go on.
Still today El Paso provides that same place where travelers crossing
Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona can pause, refresh, and prepare to move