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Big Bend Region
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Highway 385
Panther Junction, TX 79834

Big Bend is home to a few remarkable communities: Marathon, Study Butte, Terlingua Ghost Town, Lajitas, and Big Bend National Park. We highly recommend setting some time aside to visit these unique communities as they each possess their own unique charm and distinct experience. Accommodations ran…

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Cloudcroft, New Mexico
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Cloudcroft
Cloudcroft, NM
(866) 874-4447

The closest mountain retreat from El Paso, Cloudcroft is a quiet village surrounded by the Lincoln National Forest and is situated at 9,000 feet above sea level. The town has a wealth of recreational alternatives including hiking, mountain biking, fishing, horseback riding, as well as snow tubing…

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El Cosmico
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802 S. Highland Ave.
Marfa, TX 79843
(732) 729-1950

This 18-acre trailer, tent and teepee hotel is a 10 minute walk to art galleries, dining and shopping. Vintage trailers come with kitchenettes and private bathrooms.

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Elephant Butte Lake State Park
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101 NM-195
Elephant Butte, NM 87935
(575) 744-5923

Elephant Butte Lake is the largest and most popular lake in NM. It provides a setting for every imaginable water sport as well as a visitor center that features regional interpretive exhibits. The mild climate of the area makes this park a popular year-round destination. Elephant Butte Lake State…

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Gila National Forest
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3005 Camino del Bosque
Silver City, NM
(575) 388-8201

This attraction is located two and a half hours northeast of El Paso, off I-25. Covering 3.3 million acres, this area is the largest national forest in New Mexico and contains hundreds of miles of streams, some 20 campgrounds, and more than 1,500 hiking trails.

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Horseback Riding and Tours
200 Fig Ln.
Anthony, NM 88021
(575) 618-7577

Miller Horse Farm offers horseback riding for children and adults alike as well as Ride and Wine Tours to the nearby winery. Ride along the beautiful farm roads along green fields planted with southern New Mexico crops or through the wide open desert. Regardless of your riding experience, there i…

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Old Mesilla
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Calle de Guadalupe
Old Mesilla, NM 88046
575-524-3262

Only 45 minutes away from El Paso, this historic community has a distinct New Mexico feel through the surrounding fields of cotton, chile, pecan tree groves, and vineyards. Once a stop on the old Butterfield Trail and home to Billy the Kid and other notorious characters, it is now host to eaterie…

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Ruidoso and Ski Apache
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1286 Ski Run Rd.
Alto, NM 88312
575-464-3600

Located 7,000 feet above sea level, in the cool pines, is the village of Ruidoso, New Mexico. A vacation hideaway for nearly 100 years, Ruidoso sports a horse racing track that houses the Billy the Kid Casino and features live horse racing from late May through Labor Day weekend, the fabulous Hub…

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Silver City, New Mexico
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201 N. Hudson St.
SIlver City, NM 88061
575-538-5555

Silver City is remarkably rich and diverse when it comes to hiking, climbing, camping, riding, and backpacking. With its magnificent vistas, varied terrain and ample resources, Silver City is the perfect weekend getaway for just about anyone.

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White Sands National Park
US-70
Alamogordo, NM 88330
575-479-6124

Located between Doña Ana and Otero County, The White Sands National Monument is without a doubt, the Chihuahuan Desert’s best-known tourist attraction. Appearing as a bright white spot in the middle of an otherwise beige landscape, the dunes are as beautiful as they are enigmatic. Visitors are fr…

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Downtown Walking Tour
Downtown El Paso
El Paso, TX 79901
(915) 534-0600

This self-guided walking tour (about 90 minutes) begins in the southwest corner of San Jacinto Plaza, at the 1910 E. Howard post clock. The tour takes you on a stroll to historic architectural landmarks and sites, some noted with historical markers. Download the Visit El Paso App for the audio ve…

Magoffin Historic District Walking Tour
1120 Magoffin Ave.
El Paso, TX 79901
(915) 533-5147

This tour takes you on a one hour stroll that begins at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site, 1120 Magoffin Ave. and winds through the historic neighborhood, including sites on Magoffin Ave., Myrtle Ave., San Antonio Ave., Olive Ave., Campbell St., and Virginia St. and ends back at the Magoffin …

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Segundo Barrio Murals
Photography by Texas Mountain Trail
Downtown El Paso
El Paso, TX 79901
915-534-0600

When thinking of El Paso, one commonly thinks of the warmth of the climate, richness of the food, or the compassion of the people; a compassion that’s rooted in our culture. Though the essence of this culture is a melding of both American and Mexican, nowhere in North America is it more evident t…

The University of Texas at El Paso Walking Tour
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500 W University Ave
El Paso, TX 79968
915-747-5362

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 fo…

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Mesilla Valley Wine and Brew Tours
Las Cruces, NM 88005
(575) 323-1825

Mesilla Valley Wine & Brew Tours is a locally-owned business that specializes in providing guided tours to the best wineries and breweries in Las Cruces and the surrounding area. Our mission is to create unforgettable moments, connect people with the extraordinary craftsmanship of local winemaker…

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Trost Tour
El Paso, TX 79901
915-703-3151

Henry Trost and his architecture firm, Trost and Trost, is responsible for many of the buildings in Downtown El Paso. After moving here in the early 1900s, Trost and his younger brother garnered huge success and built El Paso’s first skyscrapers. Among his many buildings are the first ever Hilton…

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