If you ever find yourself in the furthest western corner of Texas, make sure you pay a visit to El Paso. Here, you’ll find everything from deliciously spicy food (Chihuahua, Mexico stands just across the border, so there’s no surprise there) to an amazing desert, to spirited art galleries and diverse examples of American fauna and flora.
To find a number of things to do in El Paso that’ll keep the whole family entertained, read on.
Wyler Aerial Tramway
If you find yourself wanting to view the city of El Paso from a great height, then you should head up the Wyler Aerial Tramway.
The fun will begin the second you start your incline up the great paved roads of the Franklin Mountains State Park. On the way up you’ll come across your fair share of stunning scenery, and everything will get a whole lot more scenic after you buy your ticket at the tramway station. From here you will board a gondola that will transport you up a 2,600 ft long cable — during that four-minute ride towards the top of Rangers Peak, you will see all sorts of cacti, abundant wildlife, and different types of birds. Partnered with the narration that your cabin attendant will provide for you on the ride upwards, you’ll be sure to learn something new about the natural wonders of this part of the world.
As you reach the summit of your journey, the top of the infamous Peak, you’ll be able to glance out over the whole of El Paso — your view will stretch out a whole lot further than just this one city, though, don’t you worry. Being a whopping 5,632 ft above sea level, you’ll be able to take in 7,000 sq miles worth of views. This means that you’ll also be able to see three other American states, and you’ll even see quite a bit of Mexico too!
El Paso Museum of Art
The El Paso Museum of Art plays host to a number of unique pieces of art that are renowned the world over. This means that, if you’re particularly big on the art scene, you’ll be sure to find something here that interests and stimulates you. If you’re worried about your children getting a bit bored upon a visit here, then fear no more as there a plenty of activities for them to get hands-on with within the museum — the child-friendly kite building workshop is normally a big hit with kids
Hueco Tanks State Historic Site
If you’re a bit of a historian-cum-fitness-fanatic, then you should make sure to figure the Hueco Tanks State Historic Site into your El Paso vacation plans. Here, you’ll be able to learn all about the indigenous people that trekked through this part of America for thousands of years, and you’ll be able to leave your own footprint on the area as you embark on your very own hike across the hills.
If you and your family have a particular proclivity for camping, then, depending on the time of year that you decide to visit El Paso, there may be a chance for you to settle down for the night in the Hueco Tanks State Historic Site. There are 20 different campsites to choose from, so you’d never have to worry about sleeping (too) rough. If you do decide to camp here, bear in mind the fact that there are no convenience stores to be found anywhere on this site, so you’d have to bring your own supplies with you.
As a movie buff, you want to see as many classic theaters as you can on your travels, right? In that case, when you come to decide what to do in El Paso, make sure to incorporate the Plaza Theater into your plans. Here, you’ll be able to embrace one of the city’s greatest landmarks, you’d be able to enjoy a cinematic history lesson, and you’d be able to catch a great show. If you’re a lover of great architecture, then you’re not going to want to miss the Plaza Theater’s three-tier domed tower, its Spanish mission style design, or to its mosaic floors.
With plenty to see and do in the city affectionately known as ‘The Pass,’ you should definitely throw El Paso onto your traveling bucket list. Whether you head up to the Rangers Peak or stay on the ground to enjoy a Plaza Theatre production, in this part of Texas, you’ll be sure to have the time of your life.