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El Paso, Texas

El Paso grew from earlier settlements dating back to the Juan de Oñate expedition in 1598 and a settlement by Juan Maria Ponce de León in 1827, although area missions predate that civil settlement by almost 150 years.

El Paso is the largest U.S. city on the Mexican border; neighboring Juárez, is Mexico's largest border city. The combined populations are about two million. Located in the ancient mountain pass from which the name derived, it is surrounded by mile-high peaks.

El Paso is the home of the University of Texas at El Paso, noted for its Bhutanese-style architecture and the Sun Bowl Stadium, along with a symphony orchestra, theater, museums, libraries, and diversified sporting activities including horse racing, polo, tennis, football, and basketball.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Buffalo Soldier Monument

This bronze statue is based on the painting, "The Errand of Corporal Ross"

El Paso, TX Monuments

El Paso Zoo

Located near the Bridge of the Americas, gateway to the U.S. and Mexico, the zoo exhibits over 700 animals of about 200

El Paso, TX Zoos

Wet 'n Wild Water World

37 acres of good clean family fun, with 24

El Paso, TX Water Parks

Hueco Tanks State Historical Site

Precious water from infrequent rains "stored" in natural rock basins; for centuries a strategic travel stop in this arid region. Ancient Indian pictographs, plus names of '49

El Paso, TX Historic Sites

Western Playland

25-acre amusement park with dozens of rides, including the Splashdown Log Ride and El Bandito Roller Coaster. Games, shops, and foods. Open Mar. - May, Fri. 7 - 11 p.m., Sat., Sun. 2 - 10 p.m.; June - Aug., Mon. - Fri. 7 - 11 p.m., Sat., Sun. 2 - 11 p.m.; Sept. - Oct., Sat., Sun. 2 - 8

El Paso, TX Amusement Parks

Things to do near El Paso, TX

Texon Santa Fe Depot Museum

The Town of Texon, Texas was founded in 1924 by the Big Lake Oil Company. Texon was established on the railroad line owned by...

Annie Riggs Hotel Museum

The old hotel, built in 1899, was built on this stage route. Restored and maintained by local historical society. Fourteen ro...

Terrell County Visitor Center

Established in 1995, the Visitor Center serves thousands of travelers seeking information about Sanderson, Terrell County and...

Pliska Airplane

John V. Pliska, born in Tyne, Austria, came to Texas with his parents in 1897 and settled in Flatonia. In 1903 he started on ...

James Rooney County Park

Green and spacious park on southern edge of city at historic Comanche Springs. Swimming, picnicking and tennis courts....