El Paso Museum of Archaeology and Gardens

El Paso boasts a natural history rich with geological wonders, past civilizations and colonial importance, and there’s no better way to explore its past than with an informative tour through the El Paso Museum of Archaeology. The exhibits chronicle the geological and cultural history of the El Paso area from prehistoric times to the present. For those who find themselves bitten by the archaeology bug and are craving more, the museum has an extensive list of the many archaeological sites located in the greater El Paso area.

Visitors can also marvel at El Paso’s present-day natural splendor with an informative walk in the museum’s gardens. Officially part of the Far West Texas Wilderness Trail – El Paso Uplands Loop, the gardens offer 15 acres of interpretive trails that feature more than 250 different plant species. Also, the large variety of birds that frequent the gardens make them one of El Paso’s prime bird-watching destinations. Views of the nearby Franklin Mountains are also an impressive sight and often provide the backdrop for picturesque wedding photos.

Activities: Hiking, birding, picnicking

Hours: Sunday 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Monday: Closed

Tuesday - Sat 9:00 a.m –5:00 p.m.

Fee: None

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