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10 things not to miss

10 Things not to Miss in El Paso

Zin Valle Vineyards
Zin Valle Vineyards
7315 Highway 28
915-877-4544 

Situated in the valley of the Rio Grande the back road of Highway 28 leads visitors to locally owned and operated Zin Valle Vineyards, El Paso’s only vineyard and winery. They offer several different varietals from their estate vineyards as well as wines from California and Europe. Spend the day at Zin Valle and experience their complementary wine tasting, venture into the barrel room or simply enjoy a glass or bottle of wine on the patio or picnic while looking over the Zinfandel vineyard and the Franklin Mountains.

For a unique experience visit the Vineyard on Sunday afternoons and enjoy the sounds of live music provided by local musicians. Bring a picnic, family and friends and enjoy the day in what was once one of the country’s premier wine regions.

Magoffin Home State Historic Site
Magoffin Home State Historic Site
1120 Magoffin Ave.
915-533-5147 

A striking adobe structure, Magoffin Home State Historic Site explores the stories of a multicultural family who actively participated in U.S. expansion and settlement, military service, trade on the Santa Fe–Chihuahua Trail, Civil War turmoil, and U.S.–Mexico relations. Built in 1875 for pioneer, politician, and civic leader Joseph Magoffin, the nineteen-room adobe home containing original family furnishings is El Paso’s only historic house museum and a prime example of Territorial style architecture.

Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park
Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park
1700 McKinley Ave.
915-566-6622 

Whether you are situated at 4,692 feet above sea level amongst the majestic Franklin Mountains or atop 5,632 feet above sea level at Ranger Peak, a pic from either location is sure to make your followers envious. With a 7,000 square mile view, finding that perfect pic spot provides no challenge at all.

Butterfield Trail Golf Club
Butterfield Trail Golf Club
1858 Cottonwood Drive
915-780-5278 

Designed by world renowned architect Tom Fazio this beautiful course is sure to meet all your golfing needs. The spacious 8, 800 square foot club house located north of the 18th hole features indoor and outdoor patio seating which can accommodate large groups. Guests can enjoy our ͞Salida del Sol Restaurant͟ which features a full service restaurant and bar in a comfortable and friendly seating.

The History of Butterfield Trail dates back to 1858 when the Butterfield Overland Mail Company operated for three years carrying mail and passengers across the country from Missouri to San Francisco. More than 700 miles of the almost 2,800 mile mail route ran across the state of Texas. Part of the original trail used still runs through the Butterfield Trail golf course property today, thus providing the perfect name for our emerald gem designed by world-renown golf course architect, Tom Fazio.

Modern travelers can still view some of the same landscapes in West Texas, and follow exact segments of the route, reaching historical markers, all while feeling some nostalgia for the historic Texas frontier.

When playing golf, you can still view remnants of the original Butterfield Trail adjacent to Hole #8 on the Butterfield Trail Golf Course.

Historic Plaza Theatre
Historic Plaza Theatre
1 Pioneer Plaza
915-534-0600 

Dating back to the late 1920’s the Plaza Theatre re-opened its doors in 2002. It’s size, elaborate decor, and technical innovations certainly separate this atmospheric theatres from others. No expense was spared in creating this elaborate building, designed in Spanish Colonial Revival style of architecture. While the exterior facade was designed to be reminiscent of a Spanish mission-style parapet, patrons will be in awe by the interior, with its intricately painted ceilings, mosaic-tiled floors, decorative metal railings and sconces and, to heighten the effect, antique furnishings. With such grandiose rococo design, it is no wonder the Plaza was once known as The Showplace of the Southwest. Perhaps most impressive of all is the $60,000 Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, elevating from the orchestra pit to accompany vaudeville shows, sing-a-longs, and to entertain patrons before and after films.

Home to El Paso’s Broadway Series and a variety of concerts and show, the Plaza Theatre is certainly worth a visit. In addition, the theatre holds weekly tours, open to the public on Tuesday’s at 12:00 PM. For additional information regarding shows and tours contact 915-534-0600.

Hueco Tanks State Historic Site
Hueco Tanks State Historic Site
6900 Hueco Tanks Road No 1
915-857-1135 

For thousands of years, people have trekked to these rock hills in far west Texas. In earlier times, they came for the rainwater pooled in natural rock basins, or huecos (͞whey-coes͟). Visitors today marvel at the imagery left by those ancient people.

At Hueco Tanks, visitors can hike, rock climb, bird watch, study nature and history, picnic and stargaze. Also available are guided and self-guided tours to view rock imagery. Stop by the interpretive center, in a historic ranch house, to learn about the park and its history. The park store at headquarters sells gifts and other items. Hueco Tanks is mainly a day-use park. However, they do have 20 campsites.

El Paso's Mission Trail & Visitor Center
El Paso's Mission Trail & Visitor Center
9065 Alameda Avenue
915-851-9997 

Located in El Paso’s Lower Valley this Trail is rich in history dating back 400 years. Sure to take your breath away these three adobe churches remain as living testaments to the faith of our Spanish and Indian ancestors. Established in 1862 the Ysleta Mission is the cornerstone of the Ysleta del Sur Indian Pueblo. Two miles east lay the Socorro Mission. The architecture of this mission reflects the culture, politics and insurmountable spirit of the early settlers of this vibrant town. Established in 1789 the San Elizario Chapel is an amazing paragon of late adobe church architecture in West Texas and New Mexico. It is an exquisite reflection of European architectural styles on the earlier, simpler box-like missions of the region.

Concordia Cemetery
Concordia Cemetery
3700 E. Yandell Dr.
915-842-8200  

This Texas State Historic site is known as El Paso’s Boot Hill where over 60,000 have been buried. Amongst them are famous gunfighter John Wesley Hardin. This well-known outlaw was said to have more than thirty notches on his gun, evidence that no more dangerous gunman ever operated in Texas. So, don’t be afraid to go down to explore and snap a few pictures of the historic tombstones as well as sites like the Buffalo Soldier Memorial.

Chamizal National Memorial
Chamizal National Memorial
800 S. San Marcial St.
915-532-7273 

A unit of the National Park Service, the Chamizal National Memorial commemorates the 1963 Chamizal treaty that ended a century-old boundary dispute between the United States and Mexico caused by a change in the course of the Rio Grande. The memorial includes a museum, theatre and art galleries, and hosts many festivals and special events throughout the year. Admission is free.

Franklin Mountains State Park
Franklin Mountains State Park
1331 McKelligon Canyon Road
915-566-6441  

Towering above the city of El Paso is the Franklin Mountains State Park, the largest state park in an urban setting. Here you can hike rugged terrain in 37 square miles of desert wilderness, scrub vegetation and open space, with 125 miles of multi-use trails that are especially popular with mountain bikers. Camping and picnicking are also available (please, no ground fires, but charcoal fires can be built in grills at the picnic sites). Check the website calendar for special tours, for which reservations are required.


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