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There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.

Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!
Chamizal National Memorial
Chamizal National Memorial

(915) 532-7273

800 S San Marcial St
El Paso, TX 79905   Directions


Step into the multi-faceted beauty of the human spirit and enjoy the fusion with the splendor of nature by spending quality time at Chamizal National Memorial. In 1848 a US-Mexico treaty established the Rio Grande as the boundary between the two countries but as the river channel naturally changed course, the location of the border became unclear and both countries began a 100-year, challenging conversation. 

Finally in 1966 an agreement was reached concerning ownership of the Chamizal, previously & privately owned Mexican land that had shifted north by establishing the Chamizal National Memorial which offers a history museum to learn about the intricate story of this international dispute and its peaceful resolution along with national parks, an indoor theater and an outdoor amphitheater with plenty of year-long events. 

Crazy Cat Cyclery - Airport
Crazy Cat Cyclery - Airport

(915) 772-9666

6625 Montana Ave
El Paso, TX 79902   Directions


Enter the exciting world of cycling with an extended visit to Crazy Cat Cyclery where it is clear that they embrace El Paso, its roads, its trails and its riders. With three distinctive locations to serve the area, you will definitely and simultaneously discover a community, a shop and a home for all things cycling in El Paso since 1995, treating each and every cyclist with the attention and professionalism they deserve.  

Cycling is a passion with an entire lode of benefits for the enthusiast including health and wellness, stress relief, meeting new friends and increasing self-confidence and inspiration. The folks at Crazy Cat Cyclery have embraced a vision of a healthier community and a cleaner city while growing as good and trusted neighbors offering products and services for every type of rider. Ride on in!  

Franklin Mountains State Park
Franklin Mountains State Park

(915) 566-6441

1331 McKelligon Canyon Rd
El Paso, TX 79930   Directions


Delve deeply into nature to hear the whispering exalted mountains calling your name to enter a world all of its own. Come explore these high-desert mountains which encapsulate Franklin Mountains State Park offering great hiking, biking and rock climbing. Visit for the day or camp overnight, treasure-seek geocaches, engage in a bird watch, launch a picnic then shop for gifts at their enticing unique park store. 

Only 15 minutes from El Paso, The Franklin Mountains have their majestic home where they provided most of the basic necessities of life for early people. Today, they meet an even more critical and different human need – our need for time in nature.  In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds.

Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site
Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site

(915) 857-1135

6900 Hueco Tanks Rd
El Paso, TX 79938   Directions


Journey with an open heart to discover what makes the desert a sacred beautiful sanctuary as it hides a well of history and lore by jaunting out to Hueco Tanks State Park where for thousands of years people trekked to these rock hills for the rainwater pooled in natural rock basins, huecos (“whey-coes”). Visitors today marvel at the imagery left by ancient people and hike, rock climb, bird watch, study nature and history, picnic and stargaze. 

Visitors can take both guided and self-guided tours to view rock imagery including a stop by their interpretive center in a historic ranch house to learn about the park and its history. The park store at headquarters sells gifts and other unique items including apparel wear and classic scenes of the area. Hueco Tanks is mainly a day-use park with 20 campsites and reserve permits are a must. 


Keystone Heritage Park
Keystone Heritage Park

(915) 584-0563

4220 Doniphan Dr
El Paso, TX 79922   Directions


Keystone Heritage Park is an archeological site, an archaic wetlands and a botanical garden making it the perfect spot for birdwatchers. It is home to many species of birds and is a stop on a migratory route with over 193 species of birds have been spotted here, including 22 species considered rare by the Audubon Society.

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