Things To Do
Franklin Mountains State Park
El Paso’s stunning Franklin Mountains were protected in 1979 and opened as a public park area in 1987. The park overlooks the Rio Grande River, covers more than 24,000 acres, and features hiking and biking trails, rock climbing, tent camping, RV camping, and ranger-led tours on the first and third weekends of the month.
El Paso Zoo
The El Paso Zoo features over 220 species of animals including elephants, lions, zebras, sea lions, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and other animals from around the world all displayed in naturalistic habitats. In addition to the animal exhibits, the zoo offers a range of kid-friendly activities, live animal presentations, special activities, events, a restaurant and a gift shop.
Wyler Aerial Tramway
Get a different view of El Paso when you take a trip on this exciting visitor attraction. Traveling 5,632 feet up to the summit of Ranger Peak, this Swiss-made gondola gives visitors a ride up to an observation deck that offers fantastic 360-degree view of the city, canyon, mountains, and wildlife. A gift shop and unique cacti garden complete the visitor experience.
Hueco Tanks State Historic Site
Located 32 miles outside of El Paso, Hueco Tanks State Park is an 860-acre park named for the large natural rock basins (huecos) that trap rainwater. In addition to these unique land features, the park also offers ancient rock paintings, a historic ranch house, and a stagecoach station. The park offers a range of outdoor activities, including picnic sites, camping, hiking, rock climbing, bird watching, bouldering, and free guided tours.
National Border Patrol Museum
The Border Patrol Museum lets visitors journey through the history of the United States Border Patrol, from its beginnings in the Old West to its modern day operations. Their extensive collection includes paintings, photographs, guns, uniforms, vehicles, equipment, documents, and other artifacts.