I regularly pedal through this exceptionally fine site that preserves the century long process of... read more
Parque El Chamizal is the part of the resolution of over a century of boundary dispute between the USA & EUM. The initial determination was after the War with Mexico/Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the border was (South of New... More
Parque El Chamizal is the part of the resolution of over a century of boundary dispute between the USA & EUM. The initial determination was after the War with Mexico/Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the border was (South of New Mexico) the centerline of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo. However, this was truly a wild & scenic river back then, with seasonal flooding, meandering & constant route changes which meant parts of each country often intruded or cut-off areas, certainly creating confusion, consternation and even violence. By 1964, formally finalized by the Presidents of both countries, the river was ditched, diked, channelized, absolutely controlled, thus eliminating the tortuous border. Both countries gave portions of land to achieve stability & some kind if parity. The current Chamizal National Memorial (USA) and Parque el Chamizal (EUM) are not commercialized/industrialized, but have become restful showcases where each country has established green space for the people to picnic/recreate, learn the historical relationships, archaeology/anthropology, etc. since 9/11, security has increased and persons traveling between must have a valid passport, birth certificate or other qualifying document. I always have my valid passport and regularly pedal into magnificent Mexico at one of the six ports of entry along the “International Ft. Hancock-Las Cruces I-10 Bicycle Bypass”, the best way to access our “Hidden Gem of the World, Crossroads of North America, anchored by El Paso, Cd. Juarez & Las Cruces!” Incidentally, the passport/birth certificate/other is to facilitate re-entry into the USA; I’ve never been stopped going South. I hope this very abbreviated answer was helpful.