5034 N. Desert Blvd
El Paso, TX 79912
Phone: (915) 585-2008
Fax: (915) 581-7027
Keystone Heritage Park is a site steeped in the history of the area. The grounds span 52 acres and harbors many see-worthy sites, including the Keystone Wetlands, the Desert Botanical Gardens and the Keystone Dam Archaeological Site. Many exotic animals and plants call this park their home and would love a visit from fellow nature-lovers.
Located inside Keystone Heritage Park, the El Paso Desert Botanical Gardens is the home to the region's succulent plants. The gardens feature well-manicured grounds populated primarily with desert flora, however there are plenty of other non-succulent species as well. In fact, there are seven gardens in total, those of which are the Xeriscape, Butterfly, Culinary, Healing, Formal, Cactus and Children's gardens, respectively. The picturesque venue is also a popular site for private functions like weddings and Quinceañeras. See website more information and calendar of events.
Looking for a fun way to spend the day? Western Playland is the perfect way for the whole family to get out and enjoy the outdoors. There's roller coasters, water rides, bumber cars - you name it. And if rides aren't the grandparents' idea of fun, the Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino is right next door. See website for hours and prices. Parking is free.
This 42-ft. tall statue of Christ atop what used to be called 'Mule Drivers Mountain' (now Mount Cristo Rey) is a monument to those in the Catholic faith. Its location at an elevation of 4,675-ft. and the accompanying 4.4-mile trail (round-trip) is constantly traversed by hikers, the curious and almost everybody else who is in the area. Its original conception came from a parish priest who erected a wooden cross here in 1934. Thereafter in 1939, the church commissioned sculptor Urbici Soler to design the base and statue. And though the face on the statue resembles the one on the famous Corcovado in Brazil, this one is quite smaller and little less scenic, however once you reach the top, you can see into Mexico, New Mexico and Texas at the same time.
In the midst of the scenic Franklin Mountains lies the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre, a venue that holds over 1,500 spectators. The theater hosts a number of events throughout the year, from plays and concerts to dance and opera, there is something for all ages. During the summer, the amphitheater presents its 'Cool Canyon Nights' series, it's free to public and always a nice entertainment option in the hot desert. See website for upcoming activities and a complete calendar of events.
Nature lovers as well as city dwellers will adore the Franklin Mountain range, it is one of the largest state parks in Texas and it presents magnificent views and many outdoor activities. Some activities include camping, hiking, picnics and mountain bike thrills alongside its quick trails. The park charges a nominal fee for camping and/or parking the car. For more information and FAQ's, see website for full details.
Despite its name, the Helen of Troy Softball Complex, isn't as beautiful as the fabled women of yore, but it's no pushover, either. Built in 2004 to the tune of nearly two million USD, the complex is nothing if not state located on the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) campus. Phone for upcoming events.
Built in 1996, University Field serves as the soccer stadium for the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), and is located on the campus. Though modest in size, with a seating capacity of 500, the matches that take place here are no less exciting for it. Phone to see what events are coming up.
The Wyler Aerial Tramway lifts passengers up to Ranger Peak on a slow-moving gondola until they reach a magnificent 5,632 feet above sea-level. Once they reach the top, there is a 360-degree observation deck that provides memorable views of the surrounding flora and sometimes fauna. The Franklin Mountains are part of the larger Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site and they provide a nice getaway from the hustle-and-bustle of the city below. While up top, there is a visitors center, gift shop and restrooms. Check website for details on temperatures, because they can change from the foothills to the summit.
Located on the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) campus, this museum offers the perfect educational experience with a bit of fun. The museum focuses on the history of the area's native population, while the garden has over 600 species of plants native to the Chihuahuan Desert. See website for further info.
Located in El Paso Texas, this university is an integral part of EL Paso. UTEP has a number of spaces within it's campus for hosting various types of events and shows. Featured event spaces include Don Haskins Centre, Sun Bowl Stadium, Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall and Magoffin Auditorium. Also available is a facility to house art exhibits. Each venue has its own distinct features and is complete with state-of-the-art amenities, audio-visual effects and ample seating space. Stages, tables, chairs and lecterns and other necessary equipment can also be arranged for. The Special Facilities Management at the University of Texas at El Paso maintains the facilities at UTEP.
Owner Victor Poulos nurtured his vineyards on the belief that El Paso could regain its prestige as a producer of quality wines, a distinction that had not accurately applied to the region since the wine heydays of the 1800s. A lot of hard work and several years later, success. Visit Zin Valle Winery and taste the fruitage of the El Paso soil and the Poulos' labor yourself, you're in for a pleasant experience.