Welcome to The Sun City
El Paso is a jewel in the Texas desert. Nestled between the rugged Franklin Mountains and the historic Rio Grande, this dynamic border community combines the advantages of a major metropolitan center with the ambience and neighborly charm of a modern western town. Seven in ten El Pasoans are bilingual in English and Spanish, and people from all over the world come here to live, work, do business, get an education, or retire.
City Name: El Paso
Nickname: The Sun City
Incorporation Date: November 17th 1846
Metro Area Population: 911,042
Elevation: 3740 feet
Average High Temperature: Jan 57°F / July 95°F
Average Low Temperature: Jan 31°F / July 70°F
Time Zone: Mountain
El Paso’s dynamic growth has been credited to the development of an integrated international trade region with Ciudad Juárez, Mexico long before free-trade zones and global markets flourished. El Paso is currently the fifth largest city in the state of Texas and the twenty-third largest city in the United States. Ciudad Juárez, El Paso’s sister city across the border, is the largest city in the state of Chihuahua and the fifth largest city in all of Mexico.
The best of two nations, three states and a multitude of ethnic groups come together between the banks of the river valley and the rugged mountains of the borderlands. El Paso is at the forefront of communities transcending borders—a global culture in the making.
You can find out additional information about El Paso by visiting the reaching the following organizations:
El Paso Convention and Visitors Bureau
The City of El Paso
The County of El Paso
15 facts about El Paso you probably didn't know:
- Established in 1930, the El Paso Symphony is the oldest performing arts organization in El Paso as well as the longest continuously running symphony orchestra in Texas.
- The Tigua Indian Reservation Ysleta del Sur Pueblo in El Paso is one of only two Indian reservations in the whole state.
- The Wyler Aerial Tramway takes riders on a four minute trip in the sky, dropping them off at the top of Ranger Peak at 5,632 feet above sea level.
- San Jacinto Plaza downtown used to be a hotbed for alligators in the late 1800s through the 1960s
- One of El Paso’s most famous landmarks is the Plaza Theater, which has hosted great Broadway shows since 1930. Back in the day it was the place to be, and considered the grandest theater in the region. It's still awesome today, and hosts the Plaza Classic Film Festival.
- El Paso is the only major city in Texas that works on Mountain Standard Time.
- The Fiesta Del Las Flores or Festival of the Flowers is the oldest Hispanic festival around the Southwest attracting up to 30,000 people annually.
- Ysleta Mission is known as the oldest continuously operated parish in Texas.
- El Paso is reputed to be the birthplace of everyone’s favorite tequila mistake-maker, allegedly invented at Tommy’s Place Bar in 1945.
- El Paso has seen the following movies filmed full or in part: "Traffic," "Courage Under Fire," "Lolita," and "Wild At Heart" among others.
- Before El Paso was nicknamed the Sun City, the city was known as the Six Shooter Capital because of its cowboy ways.
- Elvis Presley, Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw were all guests at the El Paso International Hotel, which has since turned into a Doubletree Hotel.
- The famous statue of Christ that sits on Mount Cristo Rey is not a traditional crucifix, since the palms of Christ face downward in the gesture of a blessing.
- Think Texans only like country music? The Sun City Music Festival, held at Ascarate Park, is a two-day event of EDM music, lights and dancing in the streets with big names like David Guetta, Tiesto and Martin Garrix.
- The El Paso Chihuahuas got their name from a name-the-team contest. The finalist entries were the Aardvarks, Buckaroos, Chihuahuas, Desert Gators and Sun Dogs. The Chihuahuas won and the name was announced on October 22, 2013.