El Paso and Surrounding Areas
El Paso is located at the westernmost point of Texas. Along the city's border, the boundaries of the United States and Mexico, the states of Texas and New Mexico, and the Mexican state of Chihuahua all meet. It is in this geographic setting that one finds the unique fusion of old and new, of history made by cowboys and conquistadors, and of traditions that reflect both American and Mexican cultures. With El Paso's multi-cultural heritage, the resident physician will find it offers a unique location for becoming acquainted with border health issues.
El Paso is located at the base of the Franklin Mountains, a southern segment of the Rockies, along the banks of the Rio Grande. Known as the "Sun City," the sun shines over 300 days a year on average in El Paso, making it an ideal place for year-round golfing, hunting, hiking, and skiing in the nearby mountains of New Mexico. Visitors flying or driving into the city during the nighttime hours enjoy the spectacular image of a star, consisting of hundreds of light bulbs, on the mountains shining over the Sun City.
Centuries-old Spanish missions, art museums, theaters, operas, the symphony orchestras, outstanding Mexican and international cuisine, Mariachi bands, rodeos, and country and western dancing all play a part in the El Paso mosaic.
Its citizens enjoy the cultural life provided by the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, the Pro-Musica Orchestra, the El Paso Opera, and various theater groups. El Paso is a favorite stop for traveling Broadway musical companies. Museums include the El Paso Museum of Art, INSIGHTS El Paso Science Center, the El Paso Holocaust Museum, the War Eagles Air Museum, the Southwestern Museum of Cultural History, and the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.
Sports fans enjoy the action provided by the El Paso Chihuahuas, a triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres baseball team. The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Miners give college sports fans plenty of action with their basketball and football teams. The Sun Bowl football game, held every year during the holiday season, is televised nationally as part of the Sun Carnival, the city's official celebration of its continuous sunshine status.
In addition, the following are nearby recreational sites:
- Juarez, Mexico, within walking distance of El Paso, for shopping, restaurants, and nightlife.
- Ruidoso, New Mexico, situated high in the Lincoln National Forest, for skiing, hiking, camping, fine dining, and horse racing.
- White Sands National Monument in White Sands, New Mexico.
- Elephant Butte Dam, near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, for boating, fishing, water skiing, and camping
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park in Carlsbad, New Mexico.
- Silver City, New Mexico and the nearby Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.
- The NASA Space Museum in Alamogordo, New Mexico.