Sometimes the places we discover off the beaten path can become some of our most memorable outings. Just 15 minutes outside of El Paso,
the Mission Trail is a 9-mile journey that
takes you to three of the oldest missions
in the United States: Ysleta, Socorro, and
San Elizario. All are listed on the National
Register of Historic Places, yet each has its
own story to tell, whether its through dance,
art, or freshly baked bread.
TAKE A TRIP THROUGH HISTORY
If there’s one thing the Mission Trail is
known for, it’s the past. Visit any or all of the
three missions and discover more than 400
years of history inside the adobe walls.
La Misión de Corpus Christi de San
Antonio de la Ysleta del Sur, or Ysleta
Mission, was founded after the Pueblo Revolt
of 1680, when Spanish settlers were forced
back to El Paso by the Pueblo Indians of
northern New Mexico. Hundreds of Tigua
and Piro Indians resettled in the El Paso area
with the Spanish and erected the church in
their new home.
Socorro Mission, also constructed by
Native Americans and Spaniards after
the revolt, is a treasure for architecture
buffs. The stair-stepped design on the front
facade and the viga-beam ceilings inside
illustrate a blend of Native American and
Originally built in 1684, the Presidio
Chapel of San Elizario was once a military
fort for Spanish soldiers and their families.
The striking white adobe structure
stands as a focal point in the historic
San Elizario Plaza.
The art scene here is just as alive and present
as the area’s history. If you’re interested in
exploring some native art during your outing,
San Elizario is the stop for you.
At San Elizario Pena Gallery & Studio you’ll
find paintings by Amado Pena alongside
works by other artists that also illustrate
Native American history and culture,
while Golden Eagle Gallery showcases
A Trail of
The Mission Trail is more than just a drive-by. Here’s how to traverse it four ways.
of San Elizario
>> Escamilla Fine Art Gallery & Studio,
1500 MAIN S T., SAN ELIZARIO, 951-851-0742.
>> Golden Eagle Gallery, 1501 MAIN S T.,
SAN ELIZARIO, 915-851-0093
>> Los Portales Museum and Information
Center, 1521 SAN ELIZARIO RD., SAN ELIZARIO,
>> Mission Trail Art Market, 1500
MAIN S T., SAN ELIZARIO, 951-851-0093.
>> Presidio Chapel of San Elizario, 1556
SAN ELIZARIO RD., SAN ELIZARIO, 915-851-2333.
>> San Elizario Pena Gallery & Studio,
1456 MAIN S T., SAN ELIZARIO, 915-851-8400.
>> Socorro Mission, 328 S. NEVAREZ RD., SOCORRO,
>> Tigua Indian Cultural Center, 305 YAYA LANE,
EL PASO, 915-859-7700
>> Veteran’s Memorial Museum, 1500-B MAIN
S T., SAN ELIZARIO, 915-851-6012
>> Ysleta Mission, 131 S. ZARAGOZA RD., EL PASO,
WHEN YOU GO
From El Paso, take the Cesar E. Chavez Border Highway to Socorro Road.