Scenic drives, mountain hikes, historic facades, Southwestern eats, fine art, and quirky traditions await you in El Paso, the sixth-largest city in Texas and, according to CQ Press, one of the safest large
cities in the United States. The Spanish first arrived in the area
in 1581, but it wasn’t until after the Mexican-American War
ended and the Rio Grande was designated the international
boundary between Mexico and Texas in 1848 that El Paso
became part of the U.S.
Also known as Sun City, El Paso blends big-city biz with
small-town vibe as smoothly as a margarita (which you can sip
under a stunning El Paso sunset).
The city lies on the western edge of Texas, with New Mexico
to the north and Mexico to the south, and has been home to
human settlements for thousands of years. Influences from
its many inhabitants — Native Americans, Spanish explorers,
Mexican revolutionaries, and western pioneers — can be
seen and felt today. El Paso’s landscape features the Franklin
Mountains, which cut across the city from the north. The
Mesilla Valley begins west of the mountains, while to the east
you’ll find the arid landscape of the Chihuahuan Desert. The
Rio Grande wends around the south end of the mountains,
forming the boundary between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez,
Once a rural outpost of fewer than 200 residents in the
1870s, El Paso today has a growing population close to 700,000.
The vibrant city thrives in the international trade, healthcare,
oil and gas, and tourism sectors. It’s also home to Fort Bliss, the
nation’s second-largest military installation and one of El Paso’s
largest employers. El Paso has landed on many best-of lists,
including being named by Fixr as the most affordable city in
Texas and by Moot.com as the third-best city to raise a family.
If you’re visiting El Paso for the first time, you’ll find plenty of
things to enjoy, from the architecture of downtown to its many
interesting museums to challenging outdoor adventures. You’ll
also find amazing cuisine, interesting shopping, performing
arts, sporting events, fun festivals, and concerts.
With 302 days of sunshine and four centuries of
multicultural history, there are plenty of options for fun:
Explore Franklin Mountains State Park with the family,
cheer on the Miners at UTEP, or catch a performance at the
Plaza Theatre. Or maybe you’re calling this fascinating city
“home” for the first time. Regardless, you’ll soon discover that
this ever-evolving town is vibrant and beautiful and welcoming
— it’s simply El Paso. Your adventure starts here.
Find your next adventure.