What Makes El Paso Beautiful

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What exactly is there to love about El Paso? More like, what isn’t there to love? Between the beautiful scenery, diverse culture and arts scene there is always something new to experience in the “Sun City”.

First things first, you cannot beat the climate of El Paso. The average high temperature in July is 95 degrees and the average low temperature in January is 30. Despite those extremes, there are 297 sunny days per year and only an average of 10 inches of rain (23 days average). It makes it the perfect environment for botanical gardens to thrive.

There are a number of popular gardens to explore while visiting El Paso. The Chihuahuan Desert Gardens (CDG) display the flora of the Chihuahuan Desert and adjacent regions in the United States and Mexico. The El Paso Municipal Rose Garden or officially known as the All-American Rose Selection (AARS) public garden is one of over 100 certified gardens within the United States. Be sure to check out the Feather Lake wildlife sanctuary, Keystone Heritage archaeological site and the Rio Bosque Wetlands to experience the delicate yet complex El Paso ecosystem too.

El Paso, Texas sits on the Rio Grande River and is in the far western corner of Texas. It is within driving distance of nine state parks, two national parks, two national monuments, one national memorial and a national forest. The Franklin Mountains State Park in particular, is the largest urban park in the nation. You can camp, hike, bike or simply enjoy a breathtaking sunset on its more than 24,248 acres which are located within the city limits. The Wyler Aerial Tramway offers a spectacular three state, two county view from the top of Ranger Peak and is not to be missed during your visit. It is located within the park on the east side of the mountain. The trip takes about four minutes and lifts riders up 940 vertical feet above the boarding area.

In addition to the natural beauty of the city, it is a very walkable community with a Walk Score of 41. El Paso is the 29th most walkable large city in the US with 649,121 residents. It is also rated the second safest metro cities in the United States by Safewise.com. There are sidewalks that run the length of the city and residents are known to walk them well past midnight due to the safe nature of the city. It also helps to keep in shape and work off some of those calories. Speaking of which, El Paso has a vibrant foodie culture. There are top rated bars and restaurants within a short walking distance from most residential areas. Additionally, there are a dozen or so museums to explore as well as the Abraham Chavez Theatre and Plaza Theatre.

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El Paso holds several annual festivals and concerts that make the city attractive to the young and old alike. No matter your age or interests, there will be something you will love. The Amigo Airsho is rated as one of the top airshows in the country. There’s also the KLAQ River Raft Race which makes use of the Rio Grande river. The Southwestern International Rodeo is El Paso’s longest running sporting event and is the 17th oldest rodeo in the country. Fiesta de las Flores (“Festival of the Flowers”) is an annual Hispanic Festival held over Labor Day weekend. The El Paso Balloon Fest is held on labor day weekend. There’s also a Street Festival, Neon Desert Music Festival, an outdoor concert series and the Sun City Music Festival (which gives Coachella a run for its money!)


El Paso’s beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder — you! What are you waiting for? Get out there and explore its charm!

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