El Paso's Natural Attractions and Organized Sports Keep Residents Active

Luis Saenz stops to take in the view of Franklin Mountain State Park
Luis Saenz stops to take in the view of Franklin Mountain State Park

El Paso offers activities for all ages and abilities with its exciting outdoor adventures and many indoor training facilities.

Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site

While rock climbers from throughout the world descend on El Paso's Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site every winter, El Pasoans know of the gems that await them every day of the year.

"When you live in a city, you sometimes forget what's in your own backyard," says Gary Wilson, office manager at Hueco Tanks. "But we have so much to offer people of all ages and ability levels, and the residents of El Paso are coming out and enjoying the park year round now."

Along with world-famous rock climbing and one of the largest collections of ancient rock paintings in North America, Hueco Tanks offers hiking, camping, animal and bird watching, picnicking and ranger-led programs.

Franklin Mountains State Park

The Franklins, Texas' largest sustained mountain range, offer modern-day outdoor enthusiasts a glimpse of the nation's only tin mining, milling and smelting operation, which was active from 1910 through 1915. Today, the Franklins are a popular spot for mountain biking, as well as rock climbing in McKelligon Canyon, camping, paragliding and hiking, with a network that will ultimately offer a system of more than 100 miles of trails.

Indoor Sports Facilities

For El Pasoans who want to exercise in the cool comfort of the indoors, there are several facilities around the city. The EP Dream Arena offers a multi-sport gym for all ages and enthusiasts of activities such as basketball, soccer, volleyball and kickball, as well as XTREEM JIU JITSU, MMA and baby yoga.

The Base is a 7,600-square-foot indoor baseball and softball training facility. The El Paso Sandbox offers volleyball and soccer on sand for league play, tournaments, practice and youth programs.

Sun Bowl

When residents prefer to spectate rather than participate, generations of families have been coming out to the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso to watch the annual Sun Bowl game, which pits two of the Bowl Championship Series' teams against one another. After a start as a fundraising event in 1935, the Sun Bowl has evolved into one of college football's major bowl games.

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