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Filmmaker Iliana Sosa Directs Your Attention to Her Native El Paso

May 10, 2024 | By

After spending seven years immersed in directing What We Leave Behind, an award-winning documentary about her grandfather’s home in Durango in Mexico, El Paso-born filmmaker Iliana Sosa told herself her next film would not be so personal.

The Romance of El Paso’s Scenic Drive

May 2, 2024 | By

The Promise of El Paso’s Magic Landing

April 3, 2024 | By Roberto José Andrade Franco

Preserving Texas’ History Through Its Native Flowers

March 4, 2024 | By Matt Joyce

Revisiting the El Paso Haunts of Pancho Villa

November 21, 2023 | By

The Historic Hotels That Housed Texas’ Most Infamous Outlaws

August 22, 2023 | By Clayton Maxwell

First Fridays on the El Paso Mission Trail Uncover Region’s Storied Past

August 4, 2023 | By James Hernandez

In 1680, after nearly a century of persecution and maltreatment from Spanish colonizers, the Pueblo Indians besieged Santa Fe and successfully expelled their oppressors from New Mexico for 12 years.

Weekend Getaways from El Paso: Van Horn and Sanderson

May 30, 2023 | By James Hernández

Find Your Next Summer Getaway

May 30, 2023 | By

El Paso’s Future Looks Golden with New Castner Range National Monument

April 7, 2023 | By James Hernández

Among the many things bringing El Pasoans together these days, nature is hardly one of them.

How a Native Texan Made Traditional Turkish Footwear a Sought-after Brand in Marfa

January 25, 2023 | By Layne Van Vranken

Travel has a profound influence on Dallas-born, New York-based entrepreneur Mickey Ashmore. Not only has the 35-year-old developed an astute personal style and thorough worldview from his far-and-wide travels to places like Turkey, Africa, and across Texas, it has also charted the course of his professional life, inspiring a popular shoe line and an expanding collection of luxury goods with his company Sabah

Take a Taco Tour of El Paso

December 29, 2022 | By ire’ne lara silva

Dine with the Dead at Monteleone’s Ristorante in El Paso

September 29, 2022 | By James Hernández

Organized by El Paso Students, Texas’ First Bordalo II Mural Made of Recycled Trash Pops with Hope

September 5, 2022 | By James Hernandez

Instead of waiting for politicians to take action, members of a high school art club in El Paso decided it was up to them to act. 

Exploring Colorful El Paso Through Its Public Artworks

August 25, 2022 | By ire’ne lara silva

Even a short drive through El Paso reveals a city that’s unmistakably …

El Paso Artist Tom Lea’s ‘Pass of the North’ Is an Enduring Tribute to His Homeland

August 25, 2022 | By Traces of Texas

El Paso native Tom Lea, born in 1907, wore many hats over his 93 years, among them muralist, illustrator, historian, novelist, and World War II artist correspondent.

Dave’s: A Pawn Shop Is Filled to the Brim With Historical, Eclectic, and Cryptic Artifacts

July 25, 2022 | By James Hernandez

South El Paso Street in downtown El Paso is the stuff of legends, revolutionaries, rock stars, and one-of-a-kind oddities.

Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo Cultural Center Offers Interactive and Educational Experiences

July 7, 2022 | By Judith Fein

The Trost Trail Offers a Look at West Texas’ Gorgeously Crafted Hotels

June 29, 2022 | By Melissa Gaskill

For More Than 20 Years, the ‘El Paso History Radio Show’ Has Shed Light on Sun City

April 27, 2022 | By Nicole Beckley

A Day Trip on El Paso’s Mission Trail Reveals a Multicultural History

April 4, 2022 | By Judith Fein

Meet Three Artists Defining Art in El Paso Right Now

March 22, 2022 | By Nicole Beckley

Drive from El Paso’s Upper Valley through downtown and east toward Socorro and you’ll undoubtedly spot colorful murals, innovative sculptures, and creative art installations.

A Road Trip Along the Rio Grande Invites Reflection on Grief and Family Bonds

February 24, 2022 | By Roberto José Andrade Franco

The Church at the Heart of El Paso’s Segundo Barrio

November 24, 2021 | By Roberto José Andrade Franco

El Paso’s Elotes El Vaquero Has Perfected the Beloved Mexican Snack

October 28, 2021 | By Roberto José Andrade Franco

El Paso’s Historic Streetcars Transport Riders Through the City’s Past and Present

August 12, 2021 | By Roberto José Andrade Franco

In El Paso, historic streetcars take a 4.8-mile route that connects downtown to the West Central part of Sun City.

Growing Up and Growing Old in Ysleta

July 29, 2021 | By Sergio Troncoso

The El Paso Altars to La Virgen de Guadalupe

July 14, 2021 | By Roberto José Andrade Franco

Almost 500 years after her alleged emergence on a hill in the northern part of Mexico City, La Virgen de Guadalupe remains an important part of Mexican culture and identity.

Can Sewage Water Save El Paso?

June 24, 2021 | By Roberto José Andrade Franco

A Photographer Highlights the Multidimensional Beauty of El Paso

June 24, 2021 | By Roberto José Andrade Franco

A Lucha Libre Movie at SXSW Calls Attention To Femicide in Juárez

March 16, 2021 | By

A woman stood inside a wrestling ring in Juárez. She wore a red leotard over her fishnet tights.

How Lucha Libre’s Mexican Style of Wrestling Unites Two Countries

February 25, 2021 | By Roberto José Andrade Franco

Elizabeth Taylor Lived at This El Paso Hotel

November 23, 2020 | By Diana Spechler

An El Pasoan Returns Home a Year After the Tragedy

October 29, 2020 | By Roberto José Andrade Franco

The 3 Best Places to See Poppies in Texas

February 21, 2020 | By Shari Biediger

Springtime calls for road trips to see Texas’ native wildflowers—bluebonnets, firewheels, and pink evening primroses, just to name a few. But other flowers bloom this time of year, too, and they’re celebrated in festive fashion in El Paso, Castroville, and Georgetown.

5 of the Most Haunted Locations in Texas

September 30, 2019 | By MM Pack, Asher Elbein, E. Dan Klepper

For every person now alive, science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once wrote, there stand 30 ghosts, “for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living.” So it stands to reason that wandering spirits abound in a vast state like Texas. From the barren deserts of the west to the thick woodlands of the east, specters have been reported to haunt defunct hospitals, active schools, lonely highways, and thriving hotels.

5 Mouthwatering Chef-Inspired Eats at Texas Stadiums

September 24, 2019 | By Phil West

Root, root, rooting for the home team works up a mighty hunger. At some stadiums around the state, the snacks have become bigger, bolder, and more ridiculous—take for example the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Park in Arlington, which debuted a 2-pound chicken tender on its 2019 menu. But some arenas attempt to make their offerings ambitious in a different way, even scoring notable Texas chefs to create menu items.

El Paso Has a Fascinating Connection With a Small Himalayan Country

August 29, 2019 | By Robyn Ross

In 1914, National Geographic published an article about the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, a remote Buddhist country tucked between India and China. El Paso resident Kathleen Worrell, who was married to the dean of the college that became the University of Texas at El Paso, was intrigued by the photographs of Bhutanese fortresses and monasteries. She also noted a resemblance between the rugged Himalayas and the Franklin Mountains that soar over El Paso. Three years later, as the college’s new campus was being built in the Franklin foothills, Worrell saw an opportunity. She asked her husband: Why not construct those buildings in the Bhutanese style?

Where the People of El Paso Find Peace and Strength

August 9, 2019 | By Clayton Maxwell

From the Franklin Mountains to the Plaza Theatre, here are the places in El Paso where its residents seek peace and comfort.

Play Lotería and Eat Raspas at a Traditional Kermesse

July 17, 2019 | By Jacqueline Aguirre

A kermesse or kermes is a festival or bazaar hosted by a Catholic church to raise funds from summer through late fall.

The Licon Family Has Been Making Asadero Cheese in San Elizario for Four Generations

May 1, 2019 | By Matt Joyce

On the outskirts of the Spanish presidio town of San Elizario, Licon Dairy has been perfecting its signature cheese since the 1950s. That’s when Soltero and Isabela Martinez moved to the El Paso area from California, acquired a couple of dairy cows, and started selling asadero made from a family recipe, says Gene Licon, the third generation of his family to run the dairy.

Four New Trailheads Lead Hikers to El Paso’s Wild Outdoors

March 29, 2019 | By E. Dan Klepper

Four new urban trailheads opened this March in El Paso, providing stunning views and helpful amenities for hikers and mountain bikers trekking from the city’s streets into Franklin Mountains State Park, the largest urban park in the country.

Poppies Festival on Saturday Celebrates El Paso’s Big Bloom

March 22, 2019 | By E. Dan Klepper

El Paso will celebrate its poppy bloom on Saturday at the El Paso Museum of Archeology’s annual Poppies Festival.

“This year’s bloom is considered the best in the last three years,” Museum Director Jeff Romney says.

The wildflowers are in full bloom throughout the region, accenting the city’s Chihuahuan Desert slopes with brilliant sunset hues of orange and yellow. The show usually begins in late January and lasts through early April. With spring rains, the bloom can extend through mid-May.

El Paso’s Poppy Bloom is One of the Most Colorful in Years

March 4, 2019 | By E. Dan Klepper

It’s poppy season in El Paso. The wildflowers are in full bloom throughout the region, accenting the city’s Chihuahuan Desert slopes with brilliant sunset hues of orange and yellow.

Rock Paintings at Hueco Tanks Reveal Clues About Ancient Visitors

February 28, 2019 | By Robyn Ross

At Hueco Tanks, 30 miles northeast of El Paso, four mountains of granite-like rock soar out of the desert landscape. The surface of the rock is covered with huecos—Spanish for hollows—formed through millions of years of erosion. Because the huecos hold water, this oasis has attracted humans for more than….

5 Texas Restaurants That Will Change Your Mind About Vegan Food

February 19, 2019 | By Robyn Ross

If the thought of vegan food conjures images of a giant plate of alfalfa sprouts, it’s time to revisit the concept. These days, vegan restaurants in Texas tend more toward soul food than rabbit food, and they use creative stand-ins for beef (protein-rich seitan, made from vital wheat gluten), cheese (soaked and pureed nuts), and pork (the shredded flesh of the giant Asian jackfruit) that can satisfy even die-hard carnivores. While Austin has long been considered the capital of Texas’ vegan scene, other cities now offer stiff competition in the way of veggie-forward, animal-free fare.

From ‘Rosa’s Cantina’ to ‘the Road,’ El Paso Has Inspired Many a Twisting Tale

November 29, 2018 | By Clayton Maxwell

If you swing by Rosa’s Cantina on the western edge of El Paso, mere minutes from “the badlands of New Mexico,” you will not find Feleena, the girl who drove a lovesick cowboy to his doom in Marty Robbins’ famous ballad “El Paso.” But you will find friendly locals sitting at the bar with ice-cold Tecates. You will also find Robbins memorabilia adorning the walls—1970s album covers with the mustachioed musician in a denim shirt, for example, and a framed copy of the lyrics of “El Paso.”

Scale Five Peaks in One Week on This Epic West Texas Road Trip

November 1, 2018 | By Matt Joyce

A mile or two into my hike to the top of Mount Livermore in the Davis Mountains, I stepped to the side of the trail as two speedsters overtook me on the uphill slope. “I guess that’s where we’re headed,” I said, nodding to a rocky outcrop on the horizon far above. “Nope,” one of them responded. “Baldy Peak is beyond that—you can’t see it yet.”

Where to Stay in El Paso

October 2, 2018 | By

El Paso Young-adult Author Benjamin Alire Sáenz Explores the Outliers

June 27, 2018 | By Clayton Maxwell

Don’t be surprised if you fall in love with the characters in Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s fiction. Be it with two high school friends taking on the world in his celebrated young-adult novels, or with people stumbling through loss in his short stories, or with the shining voice of his poetry, the El Paso-based writer expands your perspective and opens your heart.

Senior Editor Lori Moffatt Shares Her Favorite Places in Texas After 27 Years at Texas Highways

April 24, 2018 | By

This issue marks the 44th anniversary of the travel magazine of Texas. It’s also the last issue for Senior Editor Lori Moffatt, who is retiring after an esteemed 27 years with the publication. As a staff, we’re going to miss her irreplaceable knowledge of Texas’ history and culture, insightful edits and sharp eye for details, but even more so the passion and vitality she’s brought to these pages and the office over the years. Before her departure, I asked her to share some of her insights with the readers she’s served so well for more than 300 issues. 

El Paso’s Downtown Resurgence

March 20, 2018 | By Clayton Maxwell

Way out at the western tip of Texas—more than 500 miles from any other major Texas city—percolates El Paso, the northern side of one of the world’s biggest border communities.

See Two Countries and Three States from This Soaring El Paso Gondola

February 13, 2018 | By Roberto José Andrade Franco

On the western edge of Texas, you’ll find the only place in the state that provides a bird’s-eye view of 7,000 square miles spanning three states and two countries. 

Travel Through Time with a Tour of El Paso’s Historic Architecture

February 13, 2018 | By Clayton Maxwell

It’s dusk on South El Paso Street, the buzzing thoroughfare that connects downtown El Paso to the Juárez bridge, and a man in a top hat and black coat strides down the sidewalk.

Trost Building Architecture Tour in El Paso

February 13, 2018 | By

San Jacinto Plaza, a historic park at the heart of downtown El Paso, is an ideal starting point for a tour of some of architect Henry Trost’s most famous El Paso buildings.

18 Places to Go in Texas in 2018

December 28, 2017 | By Clayton Maxwell

From El Paso to Galveston, uncover our top 18 travel must-dos for 2018.

Hueco Rock Rodeo

November 14, 2017 | By

Rock climbers from all over the world will head to Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site in El Paso Feb.

10 Epic Summer Travel Adventures

April 19, 2017 | By Clayton Maxwell

Get even more summertime adventure ideas.

Hello summertime! We know it can get hot out there, but that’s no excuse to stay inside: Cool outdoor adventures in Texas abound.

Beyond the Border

March 20, 2017 | By Clayton Maxwell

While drinking coffee in my room in El Paso’s hip new Hotel El Indigo, I can feel the pull of Mexico.

Pancho Villa’s Favorite Street

December 16, 2016 | By Clayton Maxwell

Everyone loves a good story, particularly when it involves Pancho Villa, gunslingers, and border crossings. Such is the legend-soaked history of South El Paso Street in El Paso.

El Paso, Naturally

July 14, 2016 | By E. Dan Klepper

El Paso, the state’s westernmost and perhaps most historic urban center, has served as a crossroads of the Americas for more than four centuries.

The City Insider

August 17, 2015 | By

Writers for Texas Highways cover a lot of ground. With more than a quarter-million square miles and some 3,000 communities in play (including six of the country’s most populated cities), we’ve got our work cut out for us.

Urban Scapes

August 14, 2015 | By Melissa Gaskill

Get out of the office. Flee that marathon meeting. Park your car. Exit the laundry room.

El Paso’s Plaza Classic Film Festival

July 13, 2015 | By

Celebrate the magic and nostalgia of cinema at El Paso’s Plaza Classic Film Festival, which screens an array of films in the beautifully restored 1930 Plaza Theatre.

Borderland Yuletide: Christmas on the El Paso Mission Trail

November 18, 2014 | By

Parishioners spill out of the heavy wooden doors of San Elizario presidio chapel and into the village plaza.

Daytripper: El Paso

November 17, 2014 | By

While the westernmost city in Texas may be outside the “day-trip zone” for many Texans, a trip to this border-bound metropolis is an experience as rewarding as Texas is wide.

Western Specters

August 22, 2014 | By Matt Joyce

Concordia Cemetery in central El Paso doesn’t look like much at first sight. The disparate collection of headstones, crosses, and mausoleums stakes out a 52-acre expanse of dusty desert in the shadows of residential neighborhoods, a carpet wholesale warehouse, and Interstate 10.

The Fringe of Footwear

August 1, 2014 | By Matt Joyce

Nevena Christi points to a label painted on a brick wall inside the El Paso workshop of Rocketbuster Handmade Custom Boots.

El Paso del Norte: Glimpses of a Grande City

June 1, 2009 | By Marty Lange

Why is El Paso one of my favorite Texas cities? Can I put my finger on it?

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