Sleep Inn University
953 Sunland Park Dr.
El Paso, TX 79922
Phone: (915) 585-7577
Fax: (915) 585-7579
Looking for a fun way to spend the day? Western Playland is the perfect way for the whole family to get out and enjoy the outdoors. There's roller coasters, water rides, bumber cars - you name it. And if rides aren't the grandparents' idea of fun, the Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino is right next door. See website for hours and prices. Parking is free.
Since 1906, the El Paso Country Club has provided locals with golf, tennis, swimming, events and overall fitness under the hot, southwestern sun. The par-71 course is lined with cottonwoods along the greens and the grounds hold a pro shop, driving ranges and more. The tennis courses are pristine and the club provides opportunities to learn with instructional programs. The EPCC has a massive Olympic-sized swimming pool and the cardio/fitness center has everything you need to feel better.
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.
Despite its name, the Helen of Troy Softball Complex, isn't as beautiful as the fabled women of yore, but it's no pushover, either. Built in 2004 to the tune of nearly two million USD, the complex is nothing if not state located on the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) campus. Phone for upcoming events.
Kidd Field, adjacent to UTEP's Sun Bowl Stadium, is the grounds for the University's track and field meets. Named after the Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy professor John W. Kidd, the facility was originally the campus' football field when it was built in 1938.
Located on the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) campus, this museum offers the perfect educational experience with a bit of fun. The museum focuses on the history of the area's native population, while the garden has over 600 species of plants native to the Chihuahuan Desert. See website for further info.
Nature lovers as well as city dwellers will adore the Franklin Mountain range, it is one of the largest state parks in Texas and it presents magnificent views and many outdoor activities. Some activities include camping, hiking, picnics and mountain bike thrills alongside its quick trails. The park charges a nominal fee for camping and/or parking the car. For more information and FAQ's, see website for full details.
El Paso's small Train Museum, located just a block south of the Convention Center, Features a restored El Paso & Southwestern Railroad Locomotive Number One that dates from 1857. The area has a rich railroad history, retold through various archival footage and artwork. A small children's play area lies to the side. Admission is free, but donations are much appreciated.
The El Paso Zoo, though modest in size and means, aims to preserve and conserve as many species as possible. The 18-acre grounds feature hundreds of different types, from Amur leopards, Asian elephants, Sumatran Orangutans, alligators, and a host of fish and birds. In the morning the tiny tykes can meet sea lions, and on the African Star train, kids can get a really close look at some of the smaller animals, like the African hedgehog or an opossum. Every autumn the zoo puts on a two-day Elephant Festival. Don't miss it!
This golf club is one of the premier courses in the Southwest, its a challenging par-72 terrain that encourages rather than discourages. Everyone in the pro shop is friendly and the clubhouse is stocked with many drink options after or before your game. The club also hosts events such as fundraisers, private parties, tournaments, business or just a plain ol' gathering of friends.
Skydiving El Paso is located across the New Mexico-Texas border in the town of Santa Teresa, NM. Upon arrival at the Dona Ana County Airport, passengers board a Cessna 182 and soar up to a height of almost 10,000-ft. This is a great place for beginners or students and the experienced divers also will provide tandem jumps upon request by appointment. Rates are affordable.
The Ascarate Golf Courses are located in the larger park of the same name. The 18-hole golf course is perfect for any level, and the 9-hole executive course is great for a quick round. Since its opening in 1955, the course has attracted golfers from nearby as well as those from afar. Both golf courses offer a challenge, with their curves, bends and slopes that are unique. There are also golfing programs arranged here for beginners.