Do you have an insatiable appetite for adventure? Well, make room for El Paso because there’s no shortage of outdoor fun and excitement when you’re here. El Paso is the only city in Texas with stunning mountains and year-round sunshine.

Don’t forget your mountain bike, El Paso’s rugged mountain terrains are more than a picturesque backdrop to the thriving city. Our mountains are a veritable playground perfectly suited for rock climbing and reaching new heights. Your inner archaeologist will thank us as you discover exciting new outdoor sites. If that’s not your cup of tea, no worries. There are over 100 miles of hiking and biking trails that you can enjoy at your leisure.

Still craving more adventure? Expand your horizons and plan a visit to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, the dunes of White Sands National Monument, or the mystical Carlsbad Caverns. All three sites are within 2.5 hours of El Paso.

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El Paso’s 400 Years of History

El Paso’s history is another one of the many attractions for those fascinated by centuries long gone. Native American tribes, Spanish explorers, and the emergence of a new republic have all left a mark on this unique region as various characteristics from each era have blended to form a rich and memorable tapestry. If you feel like taking a trip down memory lane, you can celebrate the region’s unique lineage and discover more than 14,000 years of prehistory at the El Paso Museum of Archeology.

There you’ll find ancient and modern artifacts and art from Native American cultures from the Southwest and Mexico, including wood carvings, textiles, and pottery on display in the museum’s permanent collection. Finally, marvel at the three historic missions on the El Paso Mission Trail. In addition to its daily attractions, the Mission Trail hosts cultural festivals throughout the year, highlighting the most memorable and unique aspects of this thriving community.

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A Downtown Reborn

Downtown El Paso is experiencing unprecedented growth, with new businesses, restaurants, venues, and bars appearing along the heart of the city. Book a room at The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park or the Hotel Paso Del Norte. All downtown hotels are within walking distance of the El Paso Convention Center, Southwest University Park, the El Paso Museum of Art, and dozens of local restaurants. Stop for a light breakfast at Healthy Bite Cafe or walk to Anson 11 or Unbranded Tavern & Kitchen for a casual lunch. Need a ride? No problem. The El Paso Streetcar covers 4.8 miles, from downtown El Paso to The University of Texas at El Paso, and offers a comprehensive tour.

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Experience a night out on the town at El Paso’s renowned Plaza Theatre and enjoy live music, classic films, magic shows, Broadway musicals, and more. Since 1930, the theater has been a center for entertainment and is recognized today as the home of the Plaza Classic Film Festival—the largest classic film festival in the world. Next, plan a trip to San Jacinto Plaza. This historic, tree-lined park is home to paths and bridges, gaming areas for ping-pong, and a café that features a variety of local snacks. It’s ideal for gatherings large or small, intended to celebrate the culture of El Paso.

Visit El Paso and you’ll discover a unique history, lively culture, endless events, and an abundance of recreational opportunities. Year-round sunshine, breathtaking desert landscapes, and a vibrant culture. What’s not to love?