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Restaurants

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Great American Land & Cattle Co. Steakburger is just across the street.

Though the drive up the Patriot Highway may make you wonder, there are numerous restaurants and food options north and east of the ballpark locals suggest. This starts with the Great American Land & Cattle Co. Steakburger directly across the (appropriately named) Cohen Ave. Note that this is a "Steakburger" location, there are some other American Land & Cattle Co. "Steakhouse" restaurants that feature actual (full) steaks. In the "general area," though not as close is The Edge of Texas which is up Highway 54 at the "the edge of Texas" near the New Mexico border.

Away from the ballpark I had a good meal and microbrew at Jaxon's Restaurants & Brewing Co. (4 locations, nearest to ballpark: 1135 Airway Blvd, 915.778.9696). The specialty is more on the brews than food but I enjoyed the Rosa's Raspberry Ale. Other suggestions include The Rib Hut (near UTEP, 2612 N Mesa St, 915.532.7427), The State Line BBQ (state line with New Mexico that is, 1222 Sunland Park Dr., 915.581.3371).

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El Paso skyline looking south toward (Ciudad) Juárez

Good Mexican food is available several places - some favorites are on the west side (of the mountains) the Riviera (5218 Doniphan Dr., 915.584.1542) and Avila's Mexican Restaurant (6232 N Mesa St, 915.584.3621) and Taco Cabana (good food fast with several locations).

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Photo of El Paso manhole cover
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El Paso Civic Center plaza

Sites & Attractions

In El Paso itself there are a few sites you may want to see. Starting with the Civic Center and its architecture. Even if you're not interested in its architecture it's also the location of the Convention Center and Vistor's Bureau (1 Civic Center Plaza, 915.534.0600) where you can find more information about things to do. Walking distance from the Convention Center is the El Paso Museum of Art (1 Arts Festival Plaza, 915.532.1707).

Near the stadium --and on the Transmountain (if you need another excuse to drive up it) are the El Paso Archeology Museum (on the transmountain at 4301 Woodrow Bean Transmountain, 915.755.4332) and the Border Patrol Museum (4315 Transmountain Dr, 915.759.6060)

Those wanting to look at the scenery of the area there's Scenic Drive. It's the highest road on the south side of the mountain and has a lookout (with parking area) where you can look out over Texas, New Mexico and Chihuahua to the south. The Wyler Aerial Tramway (1700 Mckinley Ave., 915.562.9899) is in the Franklin Mountains State Park and carries visitors to the top of Ranger Peak in Swiss gondolas and (fittingly) is higher than the transmountain.

Day Trips : White Sands, Carlsbad Caverns, Juárez & more...

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Yucca grow and blow in the White Sands

White Sands National Monument

A little more than hour north of El Paso (70 miles) are the famous white sands. Not actually "sand" but gypsum (the white stuff in sheetrock wallboard) the location is wonderfully unique. For those from "up north" it's hard not to "think snow." And for kids, it might as well be since they sell (new and used) snow saucers so they (and you) can slide down them. Given that it's right up the Patriot Highway it's a particularly easy day trip.

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No, that's (definitely) not snow.

Carlsbad Caverns

A bit further away are Carlsbad Caverns (155 miles), a huge series of caves in the high desert and well worth the trip. Part of that planning is knowing what you want to see since it's not possible to see it all in one visit. There are several guided tours (and difficulty ratings) for those with varying levels of skill and experience spelunking. One BIG caveat: Children 3 years of age and under are not permitted on any of the guided tours offered at Carlsbad Caverns.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

For those looking for hiking, birding or simply enjoying nature the Guadalupe Mountains National Park (110 miles away). The park includes over 80 miles of hiking trails. Those looking for a climb can go to the "Top of Texas" at Guadalupe Peak (8,749 feet). This is not for the faint of heart since it's 8 1/2 mile round trip with a 3,000 feet change in elevation over rocky terrain.

Juárez, Chihuahua Mexico

For an short international day trip you can go to (Ciudad) Juárez (City of Juárez) just across the Rio Grande in Chihuahua Mexico. Visitors can choose to drive, walk or take a tour shuttle (leaves civic center) to see the sites which include the market (Mercado Juárez) where you can find handicrafts. Higher quality work can be found at the Centro Artesanal (Arts and Crafts Center). Other options include an archeology museum and even bullfights (at the Plaza de Toros Monumental).

Border Crossing Advisory

Changes in the law require all U.S. citizens to show a valid passport or other accepted secure document to re-enter the country. This no longer includes driver's licenses or birth certificates. Keep in mind that you need this to RE-enter the U.S. even though the Mexican government does not require it.

Lodging

Ample, though not close to the ballpark

Unlike restaurants, there are no motels immediately near Cohen Stadium. There are several in the northeast part of El Paso such as the Super Lodge, but few of the major chains. Most of the better and well known motels and hotels are found along I-10 and to the south nearer downtown (and the airport). If you're flexible about the distance you can find lower rates in the Sunland Area. For example on our first trip we stayed at the Holiday Inn El Paso Sunland Park (900 Sunland Park Dr., 877.863.4780)