El Paso, Texas
El Paso sits on the western tip of Texas, where Texas, New Mexico and Old Mexico meet. It is the largest international metroplex in the world and lies at the crossroads of Interstate 10 and Interstate 25 making it a true gateway to many exciting Southwestern destinations. We are easy to get to and on your way to everywhere! Including Albuquerque, NM(266 miles), Las Cruces, NM(38 miles), Austin, TX(576 miles), Big Bend National Park, TX(328miles), and Tucson, AZ(327 miles).
Since the early days when Spanish Conquistadors arrived at the banks of the Rio Grande in 1598, to today, with the millions of visitors who come here on a yearly basis, El Paso seamlessly blends cultures and traditions: from the historic Old West to the colors of Mexico, from the heritage of Native Americans to the beauty of our desert sun, which shines over 300 days a year! With an average daytime temperature of 60 degrees F in the winter and an average daytime temperature of 95 degrees F in the summer, it’s rare to have a day in El Paso when the sun does not shine. To learn more about El Paso CLICK HERE.
The El Paso International Airport
From the Camino Real (Royal Road) which connected Mexico City and Santa Fe, to the Butterfield Trail, a major stagecoach passage from St. Louis to San Francisco, transportation has always been an important thread woven throughout El Paso’s rich history. In September of 1928 10,000 El Pasoans turned out for the dedication ceremony of their first Municipal Airport. In 1968 El Paso became the first in the nation to have a 130 foot air traffic control tower and in 2000 became the first Air Traffic Control Tower in the nation to operate with STARS radar system.
The El Paso International Airport has been committed to being at the forefront of the latest aviation technology for over 80 years and has been fortunate to be linked to an impressive past by maintaining a portion of the Butterfield Trail on its property. El Paso is also the home of NASA’s Training Center for Shuttle Astronauts which practice landings on simulated shuttle aircraft by astronauts preparing to venture into outer space. The El Paso International Airport is located 6 miles east of downtown El Paso and 1.7 miles north of Interstate 10 at Airway Blvd. Exit 25.
Today, we drive another stake in the progress of El Paso. This city today becomes one of the country’s future air centers.
– Mayor Thomason 1928
To learn more about the El Paso International Airport, airline and flight information, parking, ground transportation, terminal services and businesses affiliated with the airport, visit the The El Paso International Airport Website today.
Discover El Paso!
Whether you’re here for business, vacation travels or just passing through, there is no better way to take advantage of the various activities, attractions and events that happen throughout the city every single day.
Activities for the History Buff:
- Discover the faith of our Spanish and Indian ancestors on the Historic Mission Trail, a trail that consists of three adobe churches that date back 400 years ago.
- Experience the Magoffin Home State Historic Site and witness the life of the multicultural family that actively participated in U.S. expansion and settlement, military services, trade on the Santa Fe-Chihuahua Trail, Civil War turmoil and U.S.-Mexico relations.
- Visit the resting place of over 60,000 historical citizens and early pioneers of El Paso and Juarez at the Concordia Cemetery.
- Travel through time at one of the 4 Museums in Downtown El Paso, all within walking distance. The Holocaust Museum, the Art Museum, the History Museum and the El Paso Exploreum. Transmountain road is also home to 2 unique museums, the Archaeology Museum which depicts the story of the first inhabitants of the El Paso area, and the Border Patrol Museum which is the only one of its kind in the Nation.
Activities for the Adventure Seeker:
- Explore Downtown El Paso with a self-guided walking tour which takes you on a stroll through the historic architectural landmarks and sites in Downtown El Paso (about 90 minutes).
- Hike, bike, climb or run the rugged terrain of the Franklin Mountain State Park. The 37 square miles of desert wilderness, scrub vegetation and open space has 125 miles of multi-use trails, making it the largest state park in an urban setting.
- Learn about the exotic animals from around the world at the bigger and better El Paso Zoo. An expansive green space accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) with family friendly attractions such as the African Star Train and the Hunt Family Desert Spring.
- Take a memorable ride on an aerial cable car at the Wyler Aerial Tramway, and experience a vista of the vast and stark beauty of the southwest with a 7,000 mile view of three states and two nations.
Activities Just Outside El Paso:
- Take a drive down historic Highway 28 to the La Vina Winery and Zin Valle Vineyards, for a family friendly adventure that’s relaxing, full of wonderful scenery and wine that will make your taste buds dance.
- Drive out to one of the most historical sites in Texas, Hueco Tanks State Historic Park. Known for its pictographs and use as a stagecoach stop along the old Butterfield trail, its a great place to take the family for climbing, hiking, rock art and bird tours.
Venture out into the heart of El Paso for a real Mexican dinner or follow celebrity chefs to some great favorites like L&J Café or El Paso’s legendary Chico’s Tacos. Pay a visit to the University of Texas at El Paso, established in 1914, and watch the UTEP Miners score a touchdown at the Sun Bowl Stadium. There you can also visit one of the top basketball facilities in the southwest, the Don Haskins Center, named after legendary UTEP men’s basketball coach Don Haskins. Or catch the El Paso Chihuahuas play in the brand new Southwest University Ball Park downtown. Whatever you’re in the mood for, there is always something to do in El Paso.
Make your destination El Paso and experience the history that is the backbone to our city and discover the variety of festivities available by visiting the Visit El Paso website.