US News and World Report is a pretty well-respected magazine, so when they say we have a lot to offer when it comes to the great outdoors, you know they know what they're talking about. They ranked us #4 in the nation for outdoor activities, but only gave us a little paragraph to tell the nation why we we're number 4:

"Although El Paso, Texas, doesn't usually come to mind when thinking of places with expansive park resources, the region's rugged landscape is on full display for those who take a ride on the Wyler Aerial Tramway or a hike through Franklin Mountains State Park."

Not much to say about our wonderful city. That's why we put together this list of great outdoor places to check out in El Paso.

  • 1

    Ascarate Park

    400 acres of grass and trees, an 18-hole, and a 9 hole golf course, a 48 acre surface lake with a boardwalk, plus an aquatic center, playgrounds and picnic facilities. Ascarate Park really is a gem in the Lower Valley. You can get in for free Monday through Thursday. Check out more details on the County's website, and take a drive out to Ascarate.

    el paso times/victor calzada
  • 2

    The Municipal Rose Garden

    The Municipal Rose Garden is in Central El Paso, and even in the heat of summer, is 4 acres of lush greenery.  It has over 1900 rosebushes, a waterfall, trees, and shrubs.  It is a very popular spot for wedding ceremonies, and quinceniera pictures.  This is definitely worth the trip.

    Patricia Martinez
  • 3

    Concordia Cemetery

    This historic cemetery has been a burial ground since the late 1850s, and has many different sections that you can visit including Catholic, Masonic, Jewish, Black, and Military.  Famed gunslinger, John Wesley Harding, is buried there, and there is a section where Buffalo Soldiers were laid to rest, as well.

    Patricia Martinez
  • 4

    Hueco Tanks

    For you newcomers, 'Hueco' is pronounced 'Wayco'. Hueco Tanks is an ancient rock formation that for thousands of years, people used to go to to drink the rainwater that would pool in the basins of the rocks.  Now, you can climb and explore on your own, or with a guided tour.  Just be sure to respect the site and don't deface or harm any of the natural formations or rock drawings.  Also, be ready to be out in the elements and take all the necessary precautions.  You'll be glad you did.

    courtesy: Angie Almaraz
  • 5

    Franklin Mountains State Park

    While this park is one of the most beautiful in the city, it is also one of the most dangerous. You need to be prepared with provisions before you go, or you might end up on the local news because you needed to get rescued!  There are beginners trails that my 3 year old granddaughter has hiked, but there are also very advanced hikes that need to be taken seriously.  You can check out all the information you need to know about this park that is the largest urban park in the nation within city limits.  It is absolutely breathtaking.

    courtesy: Angie Almaraz