Skip to main content

El Paso History and Culture

History is part of what makes El Paso unique. Over the past four centuries, Native American, Mexican, Spanish and Western cultures have shaped modern-day El Paso. Discover the stories of Native American tribes at the Tigua Indian Cultural Center and Museum, see the legacy of Spanish explorers at 17th century adobe churches along the El Paso Historic Mission Trail, and dive into local history at the El Paso Museum of History. The city is home to a diverse collection of museums, including the International Museum of Art, El Paso Holocaust Museum, and Fort Bliss and Old Ironsides Museums (home to military memorabilia).



Fun in the Sun City

Pack up your gear for rugged trails and spectacular views at Franklin Mountains State Park, a haven for hiking, biking and rock climbing. Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site is also beloved among avid climbers; it hosts the annual Hueco Rock Rodeo competition every February. Thanks to year-round sunshine, the city’s events calendar is packed from January to December. Film buffs can enjoy the Plaza Classic Film Festival every July, music lovers can’t miss the Neon Desert Music Festival in May (past performers have included Wiz Khalifa and Nelly) and dancing in the streets is encouraged at Viva! El Paso (celebrating Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Western American culture every June). Don’t miss the city’s best views along the Scenic Drive overlook, offering stunning vistas of El Paso, the Rio Grande and neighboring Juarez, Mexico.



El Paso’s Sporty Side

El Paso is home to three professional sports teams and the University of Texas at El Paso basketball squad. See the future stars of baseball at an El Paso Chihuahuas game, or watch the El Paso Rhinos junior ice hockey team take on the best of the Western States Hockey League. The El Paso Locomotive FC, a professional USL soccer team, kicked off their inaugural season at Southwest University Park in 2019. Finish up with a tee time at one of El Paso’s golf courses; the Tom Fazio-designed Butterfield Trail Golf Club is a stand-out favorite.

Fun Fact

El Paso’s Star on the Mountain
View more

A star is born: El Paso’s Star on the Mountain, which sits on the side of the Franklin Mountains, is the largest man-made illuminated star in the world.

Serving Mexican food at an El Paso, Texas, restaurant
View more

El Paso is known as the birthplace of the Margarita and the self-proclaimed “Mexican Food Capital of America.”

Signs pointing to sites in the San Elizario historic district near El Paso, Texas
View more

El Paso is home to more than 400 years of documented history, which is displayed in landmarks and monuments throughout the city.

Upcoming events