Keystone Heritage Park
Keystone Heritage Park & Botanical Gardens, a little known treasure in the world of archaeology, is just a stone’s throw away from downtown El Paso. The Keystone site, discovered in the 1970s but not yet open to the public, is considered by many to be the most significant of its kind from the Middle Archaic Period. Adjacent to the site and open to visitors Sat–Sun from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. is the El Paso Desert Botanical Gardens and Wetlands, an adventure in the flora and fauna of the Southwest and a great observation point for over 200 bird species visible throughout the year. The wetlands area, the Chihuahuan Desert Experience, is open 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on weekdays. This feature allows visitors to stroll through twelve major eco-systems of the vast Chihuahua Desert, which stretches all the way from Mexico City to the south to the Mogollon Rim of New Mexico to the north. Tours by appointment are available, and birding tours are conducted the last Saturday of each month at 8 a.m. $2 adults, $1 children/seniors/military.