Travel the Historic Mission Trail
Mission Trail is a nine-mile stretch across time in El Paso County’s Mission Valley. The historic trail is named for the three missions that date back to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: Ysleta Mission, Socorro Mission and San Elizario Chapel, which are the oldest churches in the state of Texas. All three parishes still congregate for Mass to this day. While the missions are certainly the focal point of Mission Trail, the pathway’s historical appeal isn’t limited to the liturgical venues. Mission Trail is home to museums, myriad state and national landmarks, art galleries, award-winning restaurants and a host of other attractions that inspire frequent visitation. Both natives and travelers alike are captivated by the rich history and cultural encounters that are unique to this sector of the borderland. Here’s a few sites you absolutely have to see during your trek down Mission Trail.
The owners of BODEGA LOYA, Ralph and Marty Loya, come from generations of family farmers. Both were raised eating fresh fruit and vegetables from various local farms. Marty grew-up on the 100 year old farm where BODEGA LOYA currently sits. The bodega was created by Ralph retrofitting an original adobe shed and tool room. They both believe in contributing to the healthy food initiative in their community which is slowly becoming a rare commodity.
Hours of Operation
Sun: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM Mon: Closed Tue: Closed Wed: Closed Thu: Closed Fri: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM Sat: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Traditional Mexican food has always been in Enrique’s blood. From his apa, who was also a chef, culinary creativity runs through the Lozano familia. Although Enrique was always around his papa en la cocina as a kid, his love for food came to him during his adolescence. Working for Zino’s Greek & Mediterranean Cuisine, Enrique eventually ventured to Michelin rated Chicago-based restaurant called Next before being called back home. Bringing his own spark from Next, Enrique opened up Nishi in Downtown El Paso, furthering his love for Ramen.
Hours of Operation
Sun: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM Mon: Closed Tue: 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM Wed: 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM Thu: 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM Fri: 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM Sat: 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Historic Mission Trail
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.
Licon Dairy in San Elizario, TX is a family-owned dairy farm that has been in business since the 1950s. The farm produces a wide selection of fresh, high-quality dairy products including cheese, chile con queso, whey, and requeson. The dairy also offers a petting zoo where guests can enjoy the company of exotic and farm animals. Licon Dairy is committed to providing the highest quality products while also supporting the local community.
Los Portales Museum and Information Center
The museum is housed in an 1850s Territorial Style building in El Paso’s Mission Valley. Its exhibits focus on the rich and colorful historical legacies of San Elizario, including the “First Thanksgiving,” the Spanish presidio, the San Elizario Salt War of 1877, and the first county seat of El Paso county. Admission is free.
Hours of Operation
Sun: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM Mon: Closed Tue: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Wed: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Thu: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Fri: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM Sat: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Rio Bosque Wetlands Park
The 372-acre city park is a compilation of wetlands and riverside forest which is home to over 200 species of birds. An excellent display of spring can be seen in the bright yellow blooms of the annual Forb Bittersweet. The spring wildflowers are best seen in April and May however, these 6-to-10-inch flowers have been known to stick around through the summer months.
San Elizario Art Galleries
Located in the historic San Elizario district, galleries include: Main Street Mercantile, Golden Eagle Gallery, Alberto Escamilla, Amado Pena, and more.
San Elizario Jail and Billy the Kid
Dating back to the 1800’s and known as one of the deadliest gunmen in the West, the infamous Billy the Kid became famous for being the only man ever to break into a jail. Legend says jail guards found themselves face to face with Billy’s 44 revolver just before he quickly retrieved the guard’s guns, helped his friend break out, put the guards in the jail and threw away the key. This place will certainly have you saying ͞hold on let me Instagram this.”
Hours of Operation
Sun: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Mon: Closed Tue: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Wed: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Thu: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Fri: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Sat: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Socorro Mission & Gift Shop
The historic Socorro Mission, the gem located in El Paso’s Lower Valley is open every day (7 days a week). Inside this beautiful southwest mission you will also find a unique gift shop. All proceeds go to the preservation of this beautiful mission.
Southwestern Art by Bert Saldaña
Bert Saldana was born, raised and lives in El Paso, Texas. He considers himself extremely fortunate to have made his livelihood in Art. He has a B.A. in Fine Art from the University of Texas at El Paso. Bert has also studied at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
Bert worked as a muralist for the El Paso Museum of Art from 1976-1980. He retired after 35 years as Senior Museum Exhibit Designer/artist for the U.S. Army in January 2015. Bert has designed museum exhibits throughout the country for the U.S. Army and the National Park Service. In 2015, District 75 Texas State Representative, Mary Gonzalez, asked Bert to design and paint an ornament representing her district. The ornament hung on the Texas State Capitol tree. Representative Gonzalez then sponsored House Resolution 2357 honoring Bert for his artistic achievements. The resolution was adopted May 21, 2015.
His fascination with the Native American and indigenous peoples of the Southwest is exhibited in the portraits and art he creates. He creates primarily in oil.
Bert currently displays his oil paintings and prints at the Southwestern Art by Bert Saldana Gallery, 1501 Main Street, San Elizario, Texas. Bert has displayed his award winning works in numerous juried art shows, the Texas Congressional Building in Austin, Texas, El Paso County Court Building in El Paso, Texas, as well as numerous collections throughout the country.
Speaking Rock Entertainment Center
Open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, Speaking Rock features live tribute shows, concerts, and other live music events. The venue is also home to a full-service restaurant, cafe, and bars.
The Dusty Tap
As El Paso and Socorro natives, we agreed early on that we wanted to contribute something positive in our community. Our intention was never to open up “just another bar” in town. Being parents ourselves, we love going out to places that can be enjoyed as a family, but also as adults with a group of friends or for a date night. It didn’t take long to realize that there aren’t many of those places around town let alone in Socorro! Our goal is to provide a relaxed down to earth environment that adults of all ages and families can enjoy. If you visit us and you feel like you’re relaxing in our backyard then mission accomplished! Now pair that with great music, ice cold drinks and delicious food, and well I guess you can say we’re aces!
Hours of Operation
Sun: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Mon: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Tue: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Wed: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Thu: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Fri: 12:00 PM - 2:00 AM Sat: 12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Three Missions Brewery
An up-and-coming microbrewery serving the great communities of El Paso and Socorro, TX. The first and only brewery currently located in Socorro. State of the art Microbrewery. We brew beer because we love it. It all began with friends, family, and a love for beer. Located right on the historic mission trail, Three Missions Brewery pays homage to the beautiful missions along it and the history of the El Paso and Socorro area we love so much.
Hours of Operation
Sunday: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM Monday: Closed Tuesday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Wednesday: 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM Thursday: 3:00 PM - 12:00 AM Friday: 3:00 PM - 12:00 AM Saturday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Tigua Indian Cultural Center
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.
Hours of Operation: Monday - Sunday 8 AM - 5 PM
Ysleta Mission Gift Shop
Ysleta Mission Gift Shop is a cultural gift store and gallery. Our inventory includes metal arts, local artist works, vintage & antiques, Mexican folk art & textiles, religious saints, handcrafted & custom work, authentic Native American pottery, sterling silver & semi-precious stone jewelry.