Activities & Nightlife
Things to Do
People are often surprised to find all of the things available to them in El Paso. We have live theater at the historic Plaza Theatre; magnificent views from the Wyler Aerial Tramway; historic and natural water tanks at the Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site; and dozens of museums. El Paso is also on the edge of New Mexico, giving us easy access to all that state has to offer.
There’s plenty to do in the evenings. You can find just about every kind of music here, from country to hip-hop, pop, reggae, Latino, and DJ. Our dining choices run the gamut from Asian to Cajun, seafood to barbeque, Mexican to Italian, and lots of student favorites with burgers and pizza. We have sports bars where you can watch the game and take-out that you can bring home. Every Sunday during warmer months, you can enjoy concerts outside at Chamizal National Memorial Park. We even have several wineries nearby, for those who are old enough.
Every New Year’s Eve, the Hyundai Sun Bowl comes to town, bringing with it a lot of excitement. You can also go watch the UTEP Miners play basketball and football live. If you like ice hockey, the El Paso Rhinos regularly make the Junior A playoffs and won the WSHL title (and Thorne Cup) in 2008.
For those who like to get out and about, El Paso offers a wide variety of outdoor activities within easy driving distance.
Elephant Butte Lake State Park, set in the Rio Grande Valley, features a 40-mile long reservoir, offering just about every form of aquatic recreation from boating and water skiing to fishing and canoeing — even scuba diving. Head northeast and you will run into Carlsbad, New Mexico, home of the world-famous Carlsbad Caverns.
Just three hours north, you can enjoy winter sports at Ski Apache, in the Sierra Blanca (or White Mountains) range, on the Mescalero Apache Reservation. While you’re there you can also enjoy the mountain resort town of Ruidoso, the Inn of the Mountain Gods resort and casino, or the Ruidoso Downs racetrack. An hour south of Ruidoso (and just two hours north of the main campus) is the historic mountain community of Cloudcroft, New Mexico. Here you can escape the summer heat and still enjoy a round of golf, fishing, hunting, or skiing (in the winter).
For something closer to home, horseracing fans can visit Sunland Park, just 30 minutes northwest of Western Technical College’s main campus. Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Artesia, and even Roswell (home to the infamous Area 51 UFO crash) are all within four hours’ drive.