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Best Outdoor Activities in El Paso

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Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino

Even though this casino is located in New Mexico, everyone from El Paso still makes a sojourn out to try their hand at a winner. Founded in 1959, the racetrack presents live televised races at over 800 different stations. A number of top-tier horses have come out of Sunland Park, including Bold Liz and Prince Astro. A few well-known jockeys got their feet wet here too, like Mike Smith and Jerry Bailey. The casino's no small beans either. With over 700 slot machines, you can bet your top dollar you'll have tennis elbow by the time you leave!

Sunland Park, NM, United States
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Franklin Mountains State Park

Located on the southernmost tip of the state of Texas, the Franklin Mountains State Park stands at an elevation of 5,426 feet (1,653.84 meters) overlooking the semi-arid expanses of El Paso. Encompassed by the dominant Franklin Mountains, the park offers a virtually never-ending selection of mountain biking, hiking, climbing and cross country driving options. The territory covers nearly 24,247 acres (9,812.41 hectares) and is America's most expansive park within a city's limit. Wildlife includes barrel cactus, Mexican poppy, hackberry, cottonwood, golden eagles, black bears, pumas and ring-tailed cats. If you're here for the panorama, the Wyler Aerial Tramway offers some of the greatest views of the untamed wild west.

El Paso, TX, United States
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River Park Trail

This paved trail that stretches over 20 miles from Anthony, TX to El Paso is a nature lover's dream. From walking, jogging and cycling to horseback riders and the occasional mini-bike, this trail is in perpetual flux. It runs right alongside the Rio Grande as well as the New Mexico-Texas border. Along the way, almost all of the viewpoints allow you to stop and get a closer look at the signposts which depict the trail's natural history and development. Overall, the trail is an excellent place to get some exercise.

El Paso, TX, United States
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El Paso Mission Trail

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.

San Elizario, TX, United States
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