Conquer the largest urban State park in the North America! 6,200 Feet of Climbing-single track technical terrain.
This is a True Texas Mountain Race on the Franklin Mountains. The races will be run around altitude at 4800' and climb to 7192' which is the top of North Franklin Peak. Most of the trails low are desert trail that is run able terrain with easy technical trail. The climb to the North Franklin Peak is a combination of straight climbing and switchbacks.
The weekend event hosts various Adventure Films, Slide Shows, New Boulder Problems and Famous Classics at our annual competition, Live Music, a Paintball Shoot-Out, a Mechanical Bull, and Clinics! Come claim your prize at the podium and win a raffle that will go to benefit The Access Fund.
Faster, Scenic Course: The marathon will begin atop TransMountain Road, head south onto the Fort Bliss military base, and finish in the Downtown Entertainment District. This is a Boston Marathon Qualifier. Both gun and chip time results are sent to the Boston Athletic Association, which accepts chip time as a qualifying time.
If you would rather watch horses run than ride them, mosey on down to the Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino to watch racers compete for a $900,000 in prize money. The Sunland Derby is listed as an official prep race for the Kentucky Derby, so you may just catch a star on the rise!
The El Paso Museum of Archeology, along with the Franklin Mountains State Park and the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition holds its annual Franklin Mountains Poppies Celebration on Castner Range each Spring. In addition to basking in the blaze of color these beautiful flowers provide, make sure to check out the wildlife demonstrations and nature talks, as well as the educational exhibits during this free event.
El Paso Comic Con is a pop culture phenomenon that brings the best in entertainment to West Texas. With celebrity guest panels, autograph signings, photo ops, gaming competitions, cosplay, contests, special events, and KidCon, there is something for everyone. El Paso Comic Con gives fans up-close and personal interaction with their favorite actors, authors and stars.
Mighty Mujer Triathlon is an all-female “super sprint” that starts with a 300-yard swim in an indoor pool. The 15k bike course is followed by a 2-mile run in the Memorial Park area in Central El Paso. The “super sprint” course is perfect for beginners; the rolling hills will challenge seasoned athletes! Athletes must be 12 years old or older.
Don’t believe everything you learn in school! The first Thanksgiving wasn’t celebrated at Plymouth Plantation – it happened right here on the Borderland. That is the concept behind The El Paso Mission Trail Association’s yearly reenactment of the festivities. This historical portrayal commemorates the arrival of the first Spanish settlers in this area in April 1598. A company of costumed actors and dancers represent the Native Americans and Spaniards, who give thanks and celebrate after their perilous crossing of the Chihuahuan desert and arrival at the banks of the Rio Grande. Fans of traditional turkey may be disappointed, but fans of intrigue and conspiracy will not be.
Camping will be available to racers Saturday April 6 & Sunday April 7. There are no electric or water hook ups available for RV’s.
San Elizario celebrates Billy the Kid's visit to San Elizario in 1876. See reenactments of the historic breakout of Billy's friend at the old El Paso County Jail. Learn the historic truths of his visit to the old Texas town and more!
Four Centuries. Four Cultures. One City. Enjoy El Paso's own outdoor musical extravaganza, celebrating its 34th anniversary in the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre. This colorful musical spectacular celebrates the four major cultures that have influenced the City of the Sun.The Native American, the Spanish Conquistador, the Mexican and the Western American cultures and their histories come alive through drama, song and dance by a cast of over 50 performers. VIVA! EL PASO is an experience not to be missed! (runs June-August)
Over 10,000 gather for a day of music, art, food and beverage.
Eagle in the Sun Triathlon starts with a 400-meter swim in an Olympic-size indoor pool. The 20k bike course is an out-and-back on the historical Mission Trail, and the 5k run takes place on the Tigua Indian reservation! Individuals and relay teams are welcome for the event. The beginner-friendly course is flat and fast!
The Chile Pepper Challenge is El Paso's premier cycling event. Over 900 cyclists line up for an epic ride through the scenic and historic Mesilla Valley over country lanes covered by pecan orchards and lined by New Mexico's world renowned chile fields. The Chile Pepper Challenge offers routes, distances and mountain climbs for cyclist of all skill levels and ambition.
El Paso’s WILDEST trick-or-treat in town! This family-friendly event provides a safe environment to have some ZOO-rrific fun while celebrating Halloween! Enjoy candy stations, games, a maze animal enrichment activities and more!
Enjoy the outdoor treasures of the El Paso del Norte Region during this six-week celebration. Bird watching, nature hikes and drives, mountain biking and even bat watches are part of this yearly festival. If you would rather relax than explore the young volcanic crater outside of El Paso, you can opt for the “Coffee, hot chocolate, muffins, and the tramway’ event. There is truly something for everyone, and most events are free.
This free two-day event includes Native American dancing and drumming, a Buffalo Soldier encampment, Folklorico dancers, pictograph and birding tours, climbing demonstrations, environmental and cultural information booths, and an evening campfire storytelling program. Come learn about one of the El Paso area’s most breathtaking natural wonders.
Since its inception, CTB has quickly become one of El Paso’s premiere events and the largest free three-day public arts festival in the Southwest region drawing over 32,000 people annually. Attending this event is an “out of this world” experience where the power of art comes alive. Each year, about 200 local, national and international artists from all disciplines participate at CTB creating a fun, quirky and diverse environment for people of all ages to enjoy. The event features: temporary interactive art installations, live dance and theatrical performances, a sidewalk chalk art competition, live bands, art and food vendors, access to various activities and exhibits at both the El Paso Museum of Art and Museum of History and more!
"A Christmas Fair" is the Junior League of El Paso's primary fundraising event. This is an annual shopping gift market. The event, recognized as an El Paso Tradition, is staged with over 200 merchants, which contribute to the festivities with great items for sale, and an average of 15,000 shoppers.
The celebration of Dia de los Muertos includes ghost tours, fortune tells, exhibits and a Dia de los Muertos style alter.
This is a True Texas Mountain Race on the Franklin Mountains. Most of the trails low are desert trail that is run able terrain with easy technical trail. The climb to the North Franklin Peak is a combination of straight climbing and swtichbacks. The start/finish will be at the pavilion area circle inside of the Franklin Mountains State Park. This race is part of the US Sky Running Ultra Series.
Flying Horse Half is a 13.1-mile road race that begins and ends at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. The run takes athletes on a flat course in the Upper Valley area of El Paso. Half marathoners will run the final mile on a racetrack, where they’ll be captured on live video. The 5k Run offers an abbreviated course.
The Sun Bowl Association, its 700 volunteers, and the City of El Paso welcome you to the Hyundai Sun Bowl football game. It is our pleasure to be your host as the nation's second oldest bowl game. The Sun Bowl is known for its friendly hospitality - not only from our volunteers but from our citizens as well. The City of El Paso has many things to offer and we are excited that you have chosen to celebrate this year's game with us. During your stay, we invite you to attend our many activities surrounding game week, including the Hyundai Sun Bowl Football Game, the Fan Fiesta, the Bank of the West Sun Bowl Basketball Tournament and the Rotary Sun Bowl Luncheon. We encourage you to visit our surrounding historic sites, enjoy our sunny weather, taste the flavor of our bi-cultural community. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask our friendly volunteers or staff. Once again, welcome to the Sun City. We hope you enjoy your stay!