SAN FELIPE ARROYO
SAN FELIPE ARROYO. San Felipe Arroyo rises three miles northwest of the Fabens Desert Chapel and seven miles northeast of Fabens in southeastern El Paso County (at 31°36' N, 106°06' W) and runs southwest for ten miles to its mouth on the River Drain, on the southwest side of Fabens (at 31°31' N, 106°09' W). The surrounding flat to rolling terrain is surfaced by sandy soils that support scattered oak mottes and bunch grasses. In 1938 three dams were completed on San Felipe Arroyo for purposes of flood control: the Fabens Dam, a mile northeast of Fabens; the Rattlesnake Dam; and the Roberts Tank Dam. The lower reaches of the arroyo, from below the Fabens Dam to the northeastern edge of the town of Fabens, have been straightened by levees.