El Paso, TX Sports & Recreation Overview

Many outdoor attractions are open to residents, tourists

By Kevin Litwin on October 12, 2015 at 6:00 am EST
Franklin Mountain State Park in El Paso, TX

PHOTO CREDIT: Frank OrdoƱez


Nature runs its course throughout Greater El Paso, where people of all ages can participate in a variety of outdoor adventures.

El Paso County Parks

The Parks & Recreation Department oversees 10 parks in El Paso County, including popular Ascarate Park, which features an 18-hole golf course, nine-hole course, aquatics center, lake and sports fields. Also available to residents are Riverpark Trail and El Paso County Sportspark, home to some of the most competitive youth baseball leagues in the region.

New spray park/splash pads opened for kids at four different parks in 2016. They are Grandview Park in Central El Paso, Hidden Valley Park in East El Paso, Pavo Real Park in the Lower Valley and Sue Young Park in Northeast El Paso. Admission is free to all the spray parks.

UTEP Athletics

The University of Texas at El Paso has several sports teams, and they welcome residents in the region to attend their events. There are five men’s sports (including football and basketball) along with nine women’s sports, and UTEP also hosts the annual Sun Bowl college football game that takes place around New Year’s Eve. The Sun Bowl pits teams from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences.

Many Golf Courses

The El Paso metropolitan area has eight excellent golf courses: Ascarate, Coronado, El Paso Country Club, Horizon City, Lone Star, Painted Dunes Desert, Vista Hills and Underwood. Also available to golfers in the region are seven other venues in Dona Ana County: Dos Lagos, Las Cruces, New Mexico State Golf Course, Picacho Hills, Red Hawk, Santa Teresa and Sonoma Ranch.

Franklin Mountains State Park

El Paso houses the largest urban park in the nation. The 24,250-acre Franklin Mountains State Park is open year round and located entirely within the city limits. Outdoor recreation opportunities include hiking trails, mountain biking, rock climbing and camping. The Wyler Aerial Tramway operates on weekends to offer birds-eye views of the park’s mountain vistas.

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