8 Best Attractions of El Paso You Cannot Miss This Summer
If you are planning to visit Texas, El Paso might not top the list, but we want to give you eight reasons to plan a trip to El Paso.
Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site
This state park is a recreational site for climbers, hikers, campers, bird-watchers, and those who want to have picnics. It is also a place visited by history buffs. The site got its name from the large rock formations and natural basins that store rainwater used by the locals for thousands of years.
The rock walls in Hueco Tanks feature pictographs that prove the existence of early humans in the area. Reservations must be secured if you are planning to visit the area because there is a limit to the number of visitors allowed to tour the area because of the fragile resources in the park. Tours guides are also
Due to the fragile resources of the park, there is a cap on the number of people who can visit in a day. Reservations can be secured by calling ahead of time. Guided tours of the pictographs can also be availed during the visit.
El Paso Mission Trail
Hit the El Paso Mission Trail and enjoy a historic and scenic view.
The Mission Trail is one of the most important surviving Spanish mission stations in Texas and is the best method for visitors to discover the diverse cultural heritage of the area.
Being built more than three hundred years ago, it is the oldest structure in the state.
The trail features the Ysleta Mission that is a prominent scenic driving route. Along the way, tourists can view the Socorro Mission and the San Elizario with its Spanish garrison church. Other missions, art galleries, and eateries are also present in the area.
You can also find the Tigua Indian Cultural Center. This center is significant because of its historic and cultural value since it preserves the tribal heritage of the attraction by exhibiting pottery making, dances, bead looming, storytelling, bread baking, and gardening.
The Plaza Theatre, located in the center of downtown El Paso, is a proud testament to the city's musical history. The Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center was built in 1930 and restored to its original splendor in 2006. The theater has a Spanish Colonial Revival design with an intricately styled auditorium.
The auditorium has a different vibe because of its antique furniture, mosaic-tiled floors, ornamental metal railings, and ceilings painted with that reflect a night sky during summer. It hosts many of El Paso's best live entertainment and variety shows by Broadway performers, traveling mariachi bands, and popular country stars. Free tours are also given to tourists who wish to visit the theatre.
El Paso Museum of Archaeology
The museum is filled with both ancient and modern artifacts spanning thousands of years and featuring the rich history of the region. It also showcases Native American art such as textiles, wood carvings, and pottery that are part of the museum’s permanent collection.
As there is a nature hiking trail in the vicinity surrounded by acres of gardens filled with native plans, you have a splendid view of the trail from the museum. Visitors can also enjoy the excellent views of the Franklin Mountains from the museum.
El Paso Zoo
The wildlife of El Paso Zoo features different species of animals such as giraffes, leopards, tigers, and lions from the Americas, Asia, and Africa. The zoo has acres-wide green spaces where the animals can be viewed.
The African Star Train and Hunt Family Desert Spring are also must-see attractions in the area where visitors can eat in the local eateries.
Keystone Heritage Park
The Keystone Heritage Park contains thousands of years old village which is one of the oldest in the US. It also houses the El Paso Desert Botanical Gardens where you can see wetlands that are the habitat of hundreds of bird species.
Moreover, the garden features other wildlife of the Chihuahuan Desert.
Wyler Aerial Tramway
You can get the best views of the city from above. Go for a drive up the paved road going to the Wyler Aerial Tramway to be able to witness the stunning views.
Upon reaching the tramway station, ride the gondola that travels on a 2,600 feet long steel cable that will bring you to the summit of Rangers Peak.
Though the ride is only four minutes long, the cabin attendant will already give a great narration about the site and you will be able to see various cacti and numerous species of wildlife especially birds.
Western Playland Amusement Park
The Western Playland Amusement Park is not only a place that kids will love but it is also a fun place for people of all ages. The El Bandido and Tsunami roller coasters are very thrilling and shoot up to about 50 feet high creating a 70 feet tidal wave. There are numerous rides and snack bars to choose from so you will definitely have fun.
El Paso is truly an enjoyable and educational place to be in so do not miss your chance to visit and tour the area.