Oct 11th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Meet at “The Pass”

El Paso is the largest international metroplex in the world and seamlessly blends cultures and traditions: from the historic Old West to the colors of Mexico, from the heritage of Native Americans to the beauty of the local desert sun. The area is rich in history and culture, making it a wonderful destination for seniors with a passion for the past. The oldest active missions in the US are in El Paso — the Ysleta, Socorro, and San Elizario Missions comprise the Mission Trail, a trio of Spanish-built churches dating from the 1600s.

El Paso, Texas, ‘the pass’ in Spanish, has long stood on the Rio Grande across the border from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. It’s located in what is called West Texas.   In the 2010 census, the city had a population of just over 700,000. It is the forth largest city in Texas and the 19th largest city in the United States. Its territory covers all of El Paso County.  The city is home to the University of Texas at El Paso, founded in 1914 as the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy, and later, Texas Western College. El Paso, called the City of Festivals, has over 300 days of sunshine each year.  Seniors, that’s an enticement.

Central El Paso is part of the city of El Paso, Texas, and contains some of the city’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods. Located in the heart of the city, it is home to approximately 130,000 people. Here the word is cultural diversity.  Over the past 400 years the contributions of native Indians, Spanish conquistadors, Central and South Americans, Europeans and Asians have enriched El Paso’s artistic and cultural life.

El Paso has a warm, desert climate  with very hot summers, usually with little or no humidity, and mild, dry winters. Rainfall averages 9.4 inches (240 mm) per year, much of which occurs during the summer from July through September and is predominantly caused by the monsoon. During this period, southerly and southeasterly winds carry moisture from the Pacific, the Gulf of California, and the Gulf of Mexico into the region. Although the average annual rainfall is only about 9 inches (225 mm), many parts of El Paso are subject to occasional flooding during intense summer monsoon thunderstorms.

A great place for the residents, El Paso has no state, county, or city income tax. With an economy largely driven by Ft. Bliss and its associated enterprises, you might think El Paso would be little more than an army town. Not so!

Things For Seniors To See and Do in El Paso

The El Paso Convention and Visitors Bureau has a nice colorful listing of everything from accommodations to sports. Located in the fascinating and biodiverse northern Chihuahuan Desert, the largest desert in North America, El Paso offers visitors many ways to enjoy the sunshine with an excellent array of outdoor recreational opportunities. The region is home to hundreds of species of plants, birds, reptiles and mammals, many of them unique to the area, and also features a great diversity of landscapes, ranging from rivers to grasslands to open desert to rugged mountains. Archaeological sites abound, as well as spectacular canyons, sheer cliffs along mountain trails and caverns.

TripAdvisor lists 37 activities for seniors to take in starting with the Wyler Aerial Tramway that is basically a gondola ride from the upper base of Ranger peak to the top where there is a viewing platform and a gift shop. The view of El Paso, New Mexico, & Chihuahua is amazing, so don’t forget the camera. UpTake suggests that seniors take in the National Border Patrol Museum and the El Paso Museum of Art. I sign off with Marty Robbins singing his hit ‘El Paso.’ Enjoy The Pass.  jeb

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