About El Paso
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 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 American, Mexican and Native American cultures.
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, making it an ideal place for year-round outdoor activities. Cool forests and winter skiing are just a two-hour drive to the mountains of New Mexico. Visitors flying or driving into the city at night enjoy the spectacular image of a star, consisting of hundreds of light bulbs, on a mountainside overlooking Central El Paso. Centuries-old Spanish missions, art museums, theaters, operas, symphony orchestras, outstanding Mexican and international cuisine, mariachi bands, rodeos, and country and western dancing all play a part in El Paso’s cultural mosaic.
Sports fans enjoy action provided by the El Paso Chihuahuas, a triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres baseball team, as well as El Paso Locomotive FC, the city’s professional soccer 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.