Quality Inn Airport East
900 Yarbrough Dr.
El Paso, TX 79915
Phone: (915) 594-9111
Fax: (915) 590-4364
Since 1973, the Vista Hills Country Club has been providing golfers with everything needed to thoroughly enjoy the sport, and then some. Devon Von Hoggie designed the 18-hole course which is beautifully maintained. The facilities include a driving range, lounge, swimming pool, dining areas, a pro shop and a golf pro. See website for upcoming events and tournaments.
The Cielo Vista Golf Course is a public course with 18 holes. The terrain is relatively flat with some water hazards and trees. There is also a bar and and an eating establishment.
The Ascarate Golf Courses are located in the larger park of the same name. The 18-hole golf course is perfect for any level, and the 9-hole executive course is great for a quick round. Since its opening in 1955, the course has attracted golfers from nearby as well as those from afar. Both golf courses offer a challenge, with their curves, bends and slopes that are unique. There are also golfing programs arranged here for beginners.
The El Paso Zoo, though modest in size and means, aims to preserve and conserve as many species as possible. The 18-acre grounds feature hundreds of different types, from Amur leopards, Asian elephants, Sumatran Orangutans, alligators, and a host of fish and birds. In the morning the tiny tykes can meet sea lions, and on the African Star train, kids can get a really close look at some of the smaller animals, like the African hedgehog or an opossum. Every autumn the zoo puts on a two-day Elephant Festival. Don't miss it!
El Paso's small Train Museum, located just a block south of the Convention Center, Features a restored El Paso & Southwestern Railroad Locomotive Number One that dates from 1857. The area has a rich railroad history, retold through various archival footage and artwork. A small children's play area lies to the side. Admission is free, but donations are much appreciated.
Kidd Field, adjacent to UTEP's Sun Bowl Stadium, is the grounds for the University's track and field meets. Named after the Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy professor John W. Kidd, the facility was originally the campus' football field when it was built in 1938.
Located on the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) campus, this museum offers the perfect educational experience with a bit of fun. The museum focuses on the history of the area's native population, while the garden has over 600 species of plants native to the Chihuahuan Desert. See website for further info.
Despite its name, the Helen of Troy Softball Complex, isn't as beautiful as the fabled women of yore, but it's no pushover, either. Built in 2004 to the tune of nearly two million USD, the complex is nothing if not state located on the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) campus. Phone for upcoming events.
Nature lovers as well as city dwellers will adore the Franklin Mountain range, it is one of the largest state parks in Texas and it presents magnificent views and many outdoor activities. Some activities include camping, hiking, picnics and mountain bike thrills alongside its quick trails. The park charges a nominal fee for camping and/or parking the car. For more information and FAQ's, see website for full details.
Located about 45 minutes east of downtown El Paso, Xmotoball is primarily a spot for people to enjoy shooting paintballs at their friends or family. Although they also focus on motocross racing, most of the tracks are used for tournaments and better-than-novice riders. The price to rent a set of paintballs and play is incredibly affordable and the owners provide three massive turfs in which to fight. There is also a snack bar, grill areas and a pro shop in addition to other amenities. See website for more information and prices.
El Paso's Speedway Park supplies the masses with all the racing one could hope for. For at least seven months out of the year, the EPSP roars with the sound burning rubber, the zoom of the vehicles and the cheering of excited spectators. January and February sees the Winter Series, while the Regular Season begins in April and lasts until the end of August. See website for detailed race info.
Take the El Paso Mission Trail to get a glimpse of this cow-town's frontier past. This nine mile (14.5km) stretch has the famous missions Ysleta and Socorro alongside the San Elizario Presidio and Chapel. The trail originated back between the 16th and 17th Centuries. In fact, these churches are some of the oldest in the country. Check out the pioneer county jail which housed the infamous Billy the Kid or the exhibit on the Salt War of 1877. The Tigua Cultural Center chronicles five centuries of history, from Indian origins to the Spanish conquest. Each of these historic sanctuaries will transport you to a different era. If you want to know the real El Paso, then this trail is an interesting place to start.