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10 Things not to Miss in El Paso

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.

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.

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.

Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site
Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site
6900 Hueco Tanks Road #1
915-857-1135 

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 hike and view rock imagery. Stop by the interpretive center, in a historic ranch house, to learn about the park and its history.

Franklin Mountains State Park
Franklin Mountains State Park
Transmountain Rd./Woodrow Bean
915-566-6441 

This high-desert mountain allows outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels to explore almost 27,000 acres on over 100 miles of trails. Sitting in the center of the city, a trip to the park is never more than a 15 minute drive from any part of town. For the best view in town, hike your way up to North Franklin Peak, the highest peak in the park at 7,192 feet. With over 2,000 feet of elevation gain from the trailhead to the top, this is certainly a rite of passage for many hikers. Camping and guided hiking and biking tours available.


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