Warning signs are here to ensure your safety and to preserve the park and its historic artifacts. Please obey them. Also note that there is no gas near here and no food or lodging at the park. Gas up at El Paso or Carlsbad before driving to the park.
For years now the press has documented the horrific homicides that take place daily in Ciuduad Jaurez, immediately across the border from El Paso.
Still as we walked on the edge of the Golden Horeshoe District in El Paso we could see scores of cars and trucks with United States license plates heading into the City. Just two weeks prior the head of one of two major drug cartels indicated that they would kill a police officer every day that the existing Juarez police commissioner remains on the job.
Threats and violence are nothing new to Ciudad Juarez where thousands of homicides have been carried out in the past few years. Most commentators rank the City as the or the second most violent City in the world.
From towers and observation points in the City one can see over the border to adjacent streets in Ciudad Juarez. I could see a building which looked like a hotel completely baracaded with sand bags with officers in full military uniform behind them. Scenes from a war zone, apparently.
When we talked to people at El Paso restaurant about Ciudad Juarez the comments were strikingly similar. "Horrible, outrageous and don't go there."
Hopefully the situation in Ciudad Juarez will improve both for the people who live there and the tourists that use to frequent the City. For the meantime, people like myself will only look across the border and pray that the situation improves.
For travelers with no habla espanol, be careful during night time. Cross the bridge back to the USA or get to your hotels. Druggies, kidnappers, forces of evil prey on the unwary. But if you have a guide or a local friend, enjoy the night life, Donkey shows anyone? Even with a guide, be cautious.
The urban area of city of El Paso stretches along I-10 on a distance of over 30 miles! And there are also suburbs located outside city of El Paso limits. Some tourist attractions are located in neighborhoods very far from downtown.
Keep in mind that most locals may not know names and location of some points of tourist interest but for sure they know name of neighborhood they are located in. Usually mailing address does not include the name of commonly used neighbourhood. But you should know it to ask about directions or to use public transportation.
One more warning. El Paso is nicknamed the Sun City and it's true. The climate is very dry that brings constant water deficiency in El Paso. But occasional flooding during intense summer monsoons is not rare (follow the link below to watch the movie).
well there are alot of street gangs and now they are starting to get worse there are more fights,shoot outs,drug dealing and everything today and we suggest that you keep arms when going to
these siddes of the city are listed one to six of the most danger in that area the northside is the safest side of the city and the northeast is the most danger area followed by the westside.
It's not a danger, just a suggestion. If you cross a bridge, bring two forms of ID, because you're in Mexico. The Mexicans will take you regardless, but crossing back to the US will be a long and painful process, particularly since the bordor patrol is on NARANJA alert.
Also, if you do cross the bridge, leave your gun at home. No guns allowed in Mexico. At least, not for you.
The El Paso/Ciudad Juárez border is one of the largest, if not the largest, drug trafficking spots on the US-Mexican border. Stick to well-lit major streets, be very careful at night (avoid walking alone) and watch out for pickpockets.
El Paso has one of the highest accident rates in the US. Mexicans will cross the border in car that look like they are held together with duct tape. And they don't care if they have an accident because they do not have insuranse. So drive very defensive or you may be helping the mexican economy.
Before you choose to go to Juarez, watch the local news the night before. See what is going on. Be advised that Juarez is a big place and it suffers from the same problems any other city suffers from. The place is just dangerous. Drugs are everywhere.