Get ready for some great adventures – and awesome selfies – across the borderland.

There’s plenty to do in El Paso, Las Cruces and Juárez, Mexico, whether you’re visiting the area for the first time or are a longtime El Pasoan in need of a reminder of all the borderland has to offer.

Here are some things to do and see in the area. For more, check out visitelpaso.com.

Find our entire 2018 Sun Bowl Guide at elpasoinc.com/2018sunbowl.

Cattleman’s Steakhouse

3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad, Fabens

915-544-3200, cattlemansranch.com

Voted as the Best Restaurant, Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners and Best Steak in the El Paso Inc.’s 2018 Best of the Best reader’s choice contest. But it’s also a visitor’s destination for its children’s zoo, hayrides, playground, Indian maze and walks by the lake with great sunset view. About 30 miles east of El Paso International Airport.


Concordia Cemetery

3700 E. Yandell

915-842-8200, concordiacemetery.org

Named the Best Historic Cemetery of the West by True West magazine, the site was established in the 1840s and is home to famous outlaw and gunfighter John Wesley Hardin, heros and heroines of the Southwest.


Downtown

915-400-2294, epwinterfest.com

downtownelpaso.com

Take in some shopping, find souvenirs and unique gifts or take a murals tour. Don’t forget to check out the Paseo de las Luces (Lights of the Path) along the historic South El Paso Street and to the also historic Plaza Theatre, where you can then enjoy WinterFest acitivies such as ice-skating.


El Paso Mission Trail

Exit Zaragoza off I-10 south to Socorro Road and follow the signs

915-851-9997

visitelpasomissiontrail.com

Three landmarks: Ysleta and Socorro churches, and the presidio Chapel in San Elizario. Nine-mile route represents the historic trail extended from Mexico City to Santa Fe.


El Paso Zoo

4001 E. Paisano

915-212-0966, elpasozoo.org

35 acres of exhibits, including animals of the Americas, Asia and Africa; wildlife amphitheater, train rides, treehouse playground, café/snack bars, and a carousel.


The Equestrian

6701 Convair at Airport Road

xiitravelers.org

Find the world’s largest bronze equestrian statue near the entrance of the El Paso International Airport. The 36-foot tall statue by renowned sculptor John Houser pays tribute to Don Juan de Oñate, colonizer of the American Southwest, and is part of the XII Travelers Memorial of the Southwest.


Franklin Mountains State Park

Enter off Tom Mays Peak at the Canutillo/TransMountain exit of I-10; Ron Coleman Trail on the eastside of TransMountain Road (Loop 375), or McKelligon Canyon from Fred Wilson exit off U.S. Hwy 54.

facebook.com/FranklinMountainsSP

Hike, bike, bird, rock climb and overnight camp. Ranger led hikes and rides, arts in the park activities.


Guadalupe Mountains National Park

400 Pine Canyon, Salt Flat, Texas

915-828-3251, facebook.com/guadalupe.mountains

Located about 120 miles east of El Paso, the park features over 80 miles of trails and ruins of the Butterfield Overland Mail stage station.


Hueco Tanks State Park

6900 Hueco Tanks Road No. 1

915-857-1135, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/hueco-tanks

Hike, rock climb, bird watching, picnic and camp in the park about 40 miles northeast of El Paso. Guided and self-guided tours. Call ahead for reservations due to visitor limits.


Keystone Heritage Park

4200 Doniphan

915-584-0563, keystoneheritagepark.com

52-acre archaeological site with archaic wetlands and botanical garden.


Lincoln Park

4001 Durazno

915-534-0600

The city park with picnic tables and a playground sits underneath the Spaghetti Bowl of freeways, where you can see more than 50 murals along its pillars.


McKelligon Canyon

1331 McKelligon Canyon

915-566-6441, visitelpaso.com/places/mckelligon-canyon

Rock climbing, hiking, running, walking and biking in this beautiful canyon nestled in the Franklin Mountains State Park with terrific sunrise and sunset views.


Mount Cristo Rey

Sunland Park, NM

915-252-9840 or mtcristorey.com

A 29-foot limestone statue of Christ stands on the peak of an 800-foot tall mountain. The 5-mile hike is open to the public Sunday mornings.


Rio Bosque Wetlands

10716 Socorro

915-747-8663, visitelpaso.com/places/rio-bosque-wetlands-park

The 372-acre park has walking trails, bird watching and more. Guided tours available twice a month.


Scenic Drive

Rim Road at Scenic Drive or Alabama Street to Richmond Street to Scenic Drive

915-534-0600, visitelpaso.com

For a spectacular view of El Paso, Juárez and New Mexico, take this drive along the winding road around the mountain with an overlook and sitting area.


Streetcars

sunmetro.net/streetcar, 915-212-3333

The electric cars made their grand return to the city this winter – just in time for you to take a ride around Downtown and to UTEP and back. Heatiing, WiFi, ADA accessible.


NEW MEXICO


Old Mesilla

I-10 West to Las Cruces, Exit Avenida de Mesilla

575-524-3262, oldmesilla.org

This small village features a colorful historical background with many shops and restaurants.


White Sands National Monument

19955 W. Hwy. 70, Alamogordo, NM

575-479-6124 or nps.gov/whsa

The world’s largest gypsum dunefield. Camping, dried lake tours, full moon bike ride/hike.


JUAREZ, MEXICO

Take the bus: Transborde

Home terminal at 410 S. Santa Fe; Union Plaza Transit Terminal, 400 W. San Antonio in El Paso; 915-235-8268

transborde.com.mx/english

International buses travel from Downtown El Paso to Downtown, Juárez, Mexico.


Misión Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

422 Vicente Guerrero

diocesisdecuidadjuarez.org

Established late in the 17th century, this church pays tribute to the Virgin of Guadalupe and is in the city’s historic center.


Parque Central

Avenida Tecnológico y Teófilo Borunda

visitajuarez.com

Artificial lake, amusement rides, boats, pool, sports, picnic areas, playgrounds.


Plaza de la Mexicanidad

Avenida Heroico Colegio Militar y Plutarco Elias Juárez

visitajuarez.com

Marked by a red 197-foot tall sculpture of an X, the plaza features picnic areas, skateboarding ramps, outdoor concert stages and more.


La Rodadora

‘The Tumbleweed’ Children’s Museum

011-52-656-257-0909, larodadora.org, larodadera on Facebook

More than 120 interactive exhibits combining science, technology, art and culture celebrating Juárez and Chihuahua, Mexico.


CASINOS & HORSE RACING


Speaking Rock Entertainment Center

122 S Old Pueblo

915-860-7777, speakingrock.com

Open 24 hours a day and seven days a week; slots, video poker, electronic games, full-service restaurant, café, bars, parking and shuttles, more than 50 HD TVs, smoking and non-smoking areas. Free concerts and tribute bands, Lucha Libre, comedy shows and other entertainment.


Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino

1200 Futurity

575-874-5200, sunland-park.com

Modern horse track, casino floor, restaurants, live entertainment, shuttle services, popular slots, video poker machines, electronic games, live music, concerts; live horse-racing Dec. 28-30 (opening weekend), Jan. 1, 4-6 and more thru May 2019.

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