El Paso is like a dusty jewel, in the middle of the southwest desert, but once cleaned off, reveals all of its bright and beautiful facets.

Only in El Paso can you find unique experiences, people, cuisine, and artistic vision like nowhere else on earth.

This suggestive list is for anyone who is new to our city and wants to embrace and submerge themselves in the city’s culture. For those of us who call the Sun City home, we may want to revisit all the beautiful treasures our city has to offer.

Only In El Paso Can You:

Chico’s Tacos

Only in El Paso can you order a double order of tacos, some fries, and a hotdog ‘hamburger style’. Chico’s Tacos is a legendary institution that you will only find in El Paso and nowhere else.

Cowboy Boots

El Paso is known as the boot-making capital of the world and it’s the only place where you can purchase a bonafide pair of boots from any one of the dozen bootmakers, including Tony Lama, Lucchese Boots, Rocketbuster Handmade Custom Boots, and Caboots. Custom-made boots are a big deal and locals are not the only ones who know what beautiful and talented craftsmanship goes into making them. Celebrities, actors, politicians, and just about anyone who is looking for a good pair of customized boots stops by El Paso to pick up a pair.

courtesy: RICHARD PAIXAO

Mount Cristo Rey

Although this year there will be no pilgrimage due to the ongoing pandemic, thousands of faithful in the El Paso and Southern New Mexico area usually make traditional pilgrimages up the mountain during Holy Week and in October. Completed in 1939, Mt. Cristo Rey is the sight of a monumental limestone statue of Jesus on the cross atop the mountain in the El Paso suburb of Sunland Park, New Mexico. This is truly an experience like no other and I highly recommend it to anyone out there who’s able to do the trek.

H&H Car Wash

Only in El Paso can you get your car washed and detailed while having breakfast or lunch inside the landmarks notable café. H&H Carwash is a car wash, and part diner, serving up some of the best Mexican food in El Paso.

 

Burritos & Auto Repair Shops

Only in El Paso can you drop off your vehicle for repair and score a burrito. I don’t know why this is a thing but if it’s not broken, don't fix it.

Lucys Burritos

If you would like to share your El Paso treasures, email me at monika@ksii.com.