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6 Amazing Historical Attractions in El Paso

Monuments, preserved homes, and an old cemetery are among the fascinating historic attractions in El Paso.

Concordia Cemetery
Concordia Cemetery
3700 E. Yandell Dr.

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.

Historic Mission Trail
9065 Alameda Ave.

The two mission churches of Ysleta and Socorro stand as the oldest working missions in the region. In addition, the chapel of San Elizario, also located along the mission trail is known as an enduring symbol of the more than 400 years of rich history in the area.

Visitors looking for one-stop information spot should visit the Mission Valley Visitor Center. This historic building provides free Wi-Fi, ATM’s, restrooms, Mission Trail information, and a SunMetro transfer location. The center’s staff is knowledgeable and friendly so don’t hesitate to ask for directions or any questions pertaining to the Mission Trail area. The Mission Valley Visitor Center will provide you with everything you need to know for your Mission Trail visit. Restrooms available.

Magoffin Home State Historic Site
Magoffin Home State Historic Site
120 Magoffin Ave.

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.

Mt. Cristo Rey
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Mt. Cristo Rey
McNutt Rd.

Standing atop the Sierra de Cristo Rey (formerly known as the Cerro de los Muleros, Mule Drivers Mountain), in Sunland Park, New Mexico, the 29 ft. tall limestone statue of Christ serves as a shrine to thousands of faithful in the El Paso and Southern New Mexico area. Because of Mt. Cristo Rey’s proximity to Mexico, it’s best to hike up the mountain in a group. The well maintained trail is about 4.4 miles round trip and provides stunning, unparalleled views of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico.

Tigua Indian Cultural Center
Tigua Indian Cultural Center
305 Yaya Ln.

The Tigua Indian Cultural Center of the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo celebrates over 300 years of tribal history in El Paso. Attractions include a museum, gift shops, the Cacique Cafe, and delicious fresh Indian bread. Indian social dance performances take place every weekend-call for schedule.

Locomotive #1
Locomotive #1
400 W. San Antonio Street

Built in 1857, this steam locomotive was fully restored in 1909 and put on display in 1939. The locomotive is situated at the downtown Visitor Information Center where a small exhibit depicts the history of the railroad and transportation industry in El Paso.

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