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.
3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad, Fabens
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.
3700 E. Yandell
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.
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
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
35 acres of exhibits, including animals of the Americas, Asia and Africa; wildlife amphitheater, train rides, treehouse playground, café/snack bars, and a carousel.
6701 Convair at Airport Road
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.
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
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
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
52-acre archaeological site with archaic wetlands and botanical garden.
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.
1331 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
The 372-acre park has walking trails, bird watching and more. Guided tours available twice a month.
Rim Road at Scenic Drive or Alabama Street to Richmond Street to Scenic Drive
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.
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.
I-10 West to Las Cruces, Exit Avenida de Mesilla
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.
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
International buses travel from Downtown El Paso to Downtown, Juárez, Mexico.
Misión Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
422 Vicente Guerrero
Established late in the 17th century, this church pays tribute to the Virgin of Guadalupe and is in the city’s historic center.
Avenida Tecnológico y Teófilo Borunda
Artificial lake, amusement rides, boats, pool, sports, picnic areas, playgrounds.
Plaza de la Mexicanidad
Avenida Heroico Colegio Militar y Plutarco Elias Juárez
Marked by a red 197-foot tall sculpture of an X, the plaza features picnic areas, skateboarding ramps, outdoor concert stages and more.
‘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
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
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.