El Paso Film Festival

That’s a Wrap

The Plaza Theatre hosts the indie film festival.Hollywood meets Sun City at the annual El Paso Film Festival. By Ashley M. Biggers The Plaza Classic Film Festival has been going strong for more than 12 years, but the iconic community event has an upstart cousin in the El Paso Film Festival. Founded in 2018 by filmmaker Carlos Corral and the …

El Paso Outdoor Attractions

Social Distance

At the forefront of the backcountry, El Paso brims with unspoiled outdoor activities. By Chez Chesak. Standing atop the Franklin Mountains, unfettered and simply stunning views unfold across three states and two nations. Many hikers feel elated after climbing to this perch, some 3,400-feet above the sprawling towns of El Paso and Mexico’s Ciudad Juárez. While this climb may seem …

Instagram El Paso

Get the Shot

McKelligon Canyon.El Paso’s one-of-a-kind destinations are worth sharing. Grab the best images with tips from fellow travelers — and tag #GuestLifeElPaso for a chance to be featured here. McKelligon Canyon (above) This canyon at the base of the Franklin Mountains is a popular spot for running and walking. “It’s best to get there earlier in the morning, so the sun …

El Paso historical attractions

Past and Present

Socorro Mission.Visit El Paso’s historical highlights. By Ashley M. Biggers Arriving in 1581, Spanish explorers established the future location of El Paso and Cuidad Juárez as El Paso del Norte (the Pass of the North). At the conclusion of the Mexican–American War, the flowing Rio Grande was set as the international boundary. El Paso became part of the United States …

El Paso art displays.

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El Paso Museum of ArtThe cross-cultural Borderlands and Chihuahuan desert scenery inspire artistry at these five can’t miss El Paso art experiences. By Ashley M. Biggers1. El Paso Museum of Art This sprawling, multi-story museum is known for its standout — and somewhat surprising, given the locale — collection of 12th– to 18th–century European art. The museum also exhibits works …

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music

Students perform at the El Paso History Museum.Talent and audiences come from near and far for classical performances organized by El Paso Pro-Musica. By Ashley M. Biggers When the soaring sounds of classical music reverberate in El Paso, one organization is likely behind it: El Paso Pro-Musica. Founded in 1977 by Bruce Nehring, the organization draws international talents to the …

El Paso Texas Art - Culture

El Paso Art and Culture

El Paso Museum of Art houses more than 7,000 works of art. Photo courtesy Destination El PasoEl Paso by Design The city’s thriving visual and performing arts scene comprises everything from fashion to film to classical music. Much of the creative action centers in the Downtown Arts District, with a menagerie of museums and venues, as well as artist studios …

El Paso street art

Paint the Town

Animo Sin Fronteras (Spirit Without Borders) Photography by Mark PauldaEl Paso street art celebrates local culture. El Paso artists paint the town red — and just about every color. More than a hundred murals dot the city, capturing the region’s cultural pride with depictions of community leaders, religious figures, and other symbols. Segundo Barrio (a neighborhood along the border) and …

Daytrips

Day Trip – Mission Trail

Presidio Chapel of San Elizario. Photo by gettyimages.com/GNagelSeveral historical hot spots and cultural gems lie within an hour’s drive of Sun City, including the 8-mile-long Mission Trail, which travels to three of the oldest churches in the United States, and Ciudad Juárez, El Paso’s sister city and the second-largest metropolitan area on the United States– Mexico border. MISSION TRAIL San …

Ciudad Juarez

Day Trip – Ciudad Juárez

Street art.Several of the city’s top destinations lie within an easy walk of the border. By Ashley M. Biggers El Paso and Ciudad Juárez are woven together geographically, culturally, and commercially. Juárez is home to 1.3 million people, which brings the binational region’s population to 2.7 million. It represents the second largest metropolitan area on the U.S./Mexico border and the …