Attractions in El Paso

The Franklin Mountains State Park is the largest urban park in the continental United States at 24,247 acres. The Franklin Mountains are located at the southern portion of the Rockies in El Paso, displaying impressive desert landscapes. The park has a gondola system, called the Wyler Aerial Tramway, which provides a view of the park from a peak height of 5,632 feet. There are trails available for hiking, biking, horseback riding and walking. It has 44 picnic locations and also some camping sites available.

The El Paso Zoo offers 35 acres of more than 2,000 animals. The zoo houses many exotic animals, such as elephants, tigers and monkeys. The African Star Train brings visitors around the zoo to get a view of all the animals. The zoo has three sections: Animals of Africa, Animals of Asia, and Animals of the Americas. The Asian Forest Complex holds slow loris, pink pigeons, rhinoceros hornbill and white-eyed ducks.

The War Eagles Air Museum offers airplane enthusiasts access to 64,000 square feet of aircraft displays. It has nearly 30 restored military aircraft from various wars. The museum displays the P-51 Mustang, the Feisler-Storch, and P-38 Lightning. War Eagles also houses some historical automobiles and puts military equipment on display, including a military fire truck, M-38 Willy's Jeep, M-163 Vulcan and Military Search Light vehicle.

El Paso Museum of Archaeology sits on 15.5 acres of the Chihuahuan Desert to the east of the Franklin Mountains. Visitors can walk on outdoor trails to view more than 250 species of plants. The exhibits look at the area's prehistory back 14,000 years. It covers not only El Paso history, but also the greater Southwest and northern Mexico.

Adventure Zone is the largest arcade gaming experience in El Paso. Adventure Zone divides its massive gaming facilities into various zones: Game Zone, Speed Zone, Bumper Zone and Party Zone. Game Zone holds a western theme shooting gallery, virtual reality games, and full motion simulators. Speed Zone is a go-kart racing track with 800 feet of track. Bumper Zone has a pool filled with 100,000 gallons of water and a small island. An ideal place for bumper boats to clash and splash one another. Each of the 14 electric bumper cars is equipped with its own built-in squirt gun.