Fun things to do in El Paso

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  • crossing the border

    by jeeyberg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is the number one reason for visiting El Paso, going from a land of ostentatious wealth to a land of less obvious wealth. Walking across the bridge, after paying a small toll, stop at the actual border, where both flags fly.
    Look down and read the commentary painted on the cemented banks of the Rio Grande (aka Rio Bravo). Going over may not take long, but the return is often long due to the huge numbers going through customs. Under no circumstance bring a gun/bullets/etc. Napoleonic Law rules Mexico, and you'll go to jail first if caught with those items.

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    Driving through the Franklin Mountains

    by jumpingnorman Written Apr 25, 2009

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    Franklin Mountains State Park

    After dropping off my wife at the shopping mall, the twins and myself headed off a freeway which brought us into the heart of the Franklin Mountains. It’s amazing that this mountain range cuts through the very heart of El Paso and the city built itself around it.

    There were nice scenic viewpoint and we stopped to take pictures…the parking was very adequate for this scenic views and it was easy to go back on the freeway.

    The park is also a great place for hiking, mountain biking and picknicking, and some available “primitive camp sites”.

    Accessible from Transmountain Road north of El Paso
    915 566-6441

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    Wine Tasting in El Paso

    by jumpingnorman Written Apr 25, 2009

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    My kids and I left my wife and her best friend shopping at the huge outlet store in El Paso, so we had to go and look for something to do…how about wine-tasting, hehehe…
    So I read about the oldest winery in New Mexico called the La Vina Winery, which the mag says provides “Estate Bottled” New Mexico Wines…

    And there was also another winery on the same brochure (must be the sister company?) called the Zin Valle Vineyards which is just 3 miles south of La Vina. I decided to go to the former.

    So, I was ready to have my “Falcon Crest” Experience, driving in my luxurious new Lexus with my kids buckled up in their carseats and I entered the gates of the winery…actually the rocks on the entrance kinda scared me that my tires might get stones in them. But, nevertheless, I braved the rocky pathway and saw that there was truck by the winery and they were unloading stuff….I was thinking I could buy some wine for my friends (bring some on a VT Meet)

    I entered the small building with a nice patio with flowers and tables/chairs, and a man approached me and he seemed to be in a rush – “We’re not open because we are preparing for an event”. He said it in a nice way and I asked, “Are you the Owner?” He answered yes, and I praised him for having such a great place and said I will return (unfortunately I cam e in on a Tuesday which was by appt only)….But unfortunately, I did not because we drove off to Tucson in the next few hours…

    But the La Vina Winery does hold special events (I remember my sister VT member jumppingwithnorman got married in a magical winery in Temecula)…so maybe call before you visit this place and see if something is ongoing.
    Zin Valle Vineyards
    7315 Highway 28
    Canutillo, TX at milepost 1 on HWY 28
    Friday-Monday Noon to 5 PM
    By appt, Tuesdays and Thursdays

    La Vina
    4201 S Highway 28, La Union, NM
    575 882-7632
    www.lavinawinery.com
    Finest wine tasting for $5. Tour by appt at 1130 AM (includes tasting) for $10.

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    The amazing Scenic Drive of El Paso

    by jumpingnorman Written Apr 24, 2009

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    There is a scenic drive not to be missed ---- it is at Rim Road over the southern tip of Franklin Mountains.

    On the west side, you just take Mesa Street to Rim Rd and turn toward the mountains. Rim Road will turn into the Scenic Drive.

    On the East side, take Alabama Street to Richmond and turn toward the mountains. This Richmond turns again into Scenic Drive.

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    Trains

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jan 21, 2009

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    The Interstate-10 corridor is a very busy train route across the country. You'll see huge trains running through this area very frequently. Both Union Pacific cargo trains and Amtrak passenger trains use this route heavily.

    El Paso is on Union Pacific's "Sunset Route" that runs from New Orleans to southern California; El Paso is also the southern end of the north-south Tucumcari Line with the northern end in Kansas.

    Amtrak has two major routes that pass through El Paso: the Sunset Limited runs across the entire country from Orlando, Florida to Los Angelas, California; and the Texas Eagle runs from Chicago southwest to San Antonio then due west to Los Angelas with the second half of its journey on the same route.

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    Old Steam Locomotive

    by atufft Updated May 9, 2008

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    Very near the Greyhound Terminal, across from the convention center, within the old downtown plaza area, and inside part of the Union Plaza Transit Terminal, is a small museum devoted to one of the few steam locomotives still in operable condition. It's a beautiful machine with exposed drive rods on the wheels, a visable fire box, and a tinder car behind. This is Locomotive #1 and is one of the oldest such that saw service in the southwest. At first the forest of pine trees in the mountains above barren El Paso was the source of fuel. Later, the fire box and smoke stack were converted for burning coal, and still later everything was changed for burning oil. The museum has regular hours. a good selection of souvenirs, and best of all is free to enter. I browsed the internet but couldn't find a link for this tiny museum, unfortunately.

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    Mexican Border Notes: Downtown El Paso, Texas USA

    by hsrosen Updated Jan 17, 2008

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    At the end of South El Paso St. is the "Paso Del Norte Bridge". You are about a mile S. of San Jacinto Plaza. The Stanton St. bridge is a short way West and is more for northbound vehicles. At the Paso Del Norte (Pass of the North) bridge you may pay a small fee (about 35 cents US) and walk into Ciudad Juarez entering at Avenida Juarez.
    The bridge arches over the Rio Grande & canals ( Rio Bravo in Mexico). The river is really small. It was popular to stand and watch people making alternate efforts to enter the US.. The border area is popular for clubs, bars, gambling, shopping (souvenirs), pharmacies, medical/dental services, bridal & formal clothing and other items. The tourist markets are available. You may visit the market on 16th of Sept. Ave. ( 1.3 miles) or by the Cathedral. Taxis are availible. English is generally spoken and dollars are fine. A knowledge of Spanish is helpful. Border Spanish has its own style. Always watch your step and be aware of your surroundings.
    Continue south and see the shopping area, the old & new cathedral and the Custom House Museum.
    If you drive to the bridge, there is pay parking. This bridge is for vehicles returning to the US. A toll plaza at the Mexican entry charges fees to cross. At the US side you will need to provide ID and see Customs as needed. Be sure that you meet new U.S. border regulations that may require a passport or crossing card of U.S. citizens to re-enter the United States. Other nationalities need appropriate Visas, entry cards or such for both countries.
    The photo shows the view at the precise border point looking North into the city and to the Franklin Mts. Be sure to have proper Identifications and permits or visas. Drivers passing into Mexico beyond the border area (frontera) will need special paperwork and insurance. Check the consulate or a border insurance agency found in the telephone directory.

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  • haggling at the mercados

    by Oompa_Loompa Written Nov 10, 2007

    Buy souvenirs at the mercados but prepare to haggle. Start with 40% then go the next stall when they refuse. They drop their prices right away.

    There's no need for mexican dollars too, transactions can be done in Us$ right away.

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    Windmill Farm

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Sep 10, 2006

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    Texas leads the nation in energy production from wind, with west Texas alone producing 25% of the nation's wind power. West Texas produces more wind energy than all but four nations in the world. You will see dozens of windmills along I-10 in the western part of the state.

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    The El Paso Texas scenic Drive

    by lashr1999 Updated Oct 29, 2005

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    The El Paso Texas scenic Drive was built in the 1920's. The drive reaches an elevation of 4222 feet. It was built on the base of the Franklin mountains and provides a panoramic view of El Paso, Ciudad Juarez and the Chinunaun Desert.

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    You MUST come check out...

    by arriero_alan Written Aug 26, 2002

    You MUST come check out Mariachi Los Arrieros. We have played with the best in the world, including Vargas, Camperos, Sol de Mexico, and Vicente Fernandez. Call (915) 592-1554 for information about where we are playing

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    you can find high buildings...

    by fabrice Written Aug 24, 2002

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    you can find high buildings ,and climb on the top to have a super view of the border and of ciudad-juarez,in mexico.from el paso ,you can organize a little tour to mexico,of course,and also to new mexico:
    Las Cruces is very near,
    but also Taos,
    Roswell(he he he),
    Santa Fe,
    Albuquerque

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    Hueco Tanks: People

    by Basaic Written May 4, 2012

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    I always enjoy meeting the people working at these sites and my fellow travelers. This is John, a volunteer/guide, and Jane, a Ranger.

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    Hueco Tanks: Site 17

    by Basaic Written May 4, 2012

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    It was very difficult to spot the petroglyphs because of all the graffiti. Maybe the M F on the graffiti M F Wayland stands for . . .

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    Hueco Tanks: Water Supported Vegetation

    by Basaic Written May 4, 2012

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    The different vegetation in this field shows the effect the water has on the type of plants living here and their growth.

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