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The University of Texas at El Paso Walking Tour
Photography by UTEP
500 W University Ave
El Paso, TX 79968

UTEP is a leader in American higher education and the University’s unique mission and history are evident in the landscape of our beautiful campus. After a fire destroyed its original site, the school moved to its current location in the foothills of the Franklin Mountains. The campus is known for its striking architecture, inspired by the Himalayan mountain-top fortresses of the Kingdom of Bhutan. Nearly all of the buildings on campus incorporate Bhutanese architectural elements—massive sloping walls, high inset windows, overhanging roofs, and darks bands of brick inset with mosaic-tiled mandalas. From humble origins on the Old Campus to its most recent multi-million dollar research facilities, The University of Texas at El Paso is truly a campus like no other in the world. UTEP’s story, however, goes beyond the buildings to chronicle the journey of the thousands of proud students who have made their way through UTEP’s academic programs and buildings over the past century. Download the official Visit El Paso app for an audio version of this guided tour.