With New Mexico's largest lake only 120 miles north of the city, Elephant Butte is a popular day trip or weekend getaway for El Pasoans. Forty miles of water glisten as part of this Rio Grande reservoir. Boat rentals are offered for fishing and water sports.
- Miscellaneous Fun
Sure it's the largest urban park in the nation covering 37 square miles, but don't expect towering trees, lush landscape and a myriad of flowers.
- Mountain Biking and Hiking
Seeing so much green in the middle of the Chihuahan Desert is a sight to behold, especially with the majestic Franklin Mountains as a backdrop. Painted Dunes's 27 holes of target-style golf require a straight tee shot and patient putting. Golf Digest awards the course 4.5 out of 5 stars.
We had no idea that high quality downhill skiing was so convenient to El Paso (140 miles north of the city in Ruidoso, NM) and thought you should know too. Apache's 55 tree-lined runs are open to skiers and snowboarders. 45% of the trails are expert rated and 35% intermediate.
- Skiing and Snowboarding