National Border Patrol Museum#12 in Best Things To Do in El Paso
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This museum preserves the history of the U.S. Border Patrol and the women and men who work for this organization. Inside, visitors will find several different exhibits. One details the vehicles used by officers, including planes, helicopters, cars, boats and all-terrain vehicles. Others display artifacts and information about how the Border Patrol completes its job, such as one about the Horse Patrol, which does all of its work on horseback and still rides today. Additional exhibits feature weapons seized at the border, as well as uniforms worn by officers from 1924 (the year the Border Patrol was founded) to 2007.
Overall, past visitors were pleasantly surprised by the museum and found it to be an informative introduction to the agency. However, a few were less impressed by the museum and said it could use some upkeep.
The museum and its gift shop are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It is free to visit, but donations are welcome. You'll find the museum 7 miles east of Franklin Mountains State Park. Visit the museum's website for more information.
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#1 Franklin Mountains State Park
Sweeping mountain vistas await travelers who decide to hike through Franklin Mountains State Park. The park lies less than 18 miles north of the city center and provides visitors with a feeling of being worlds away from civilization. There are more than 100 miles of hiking trails across roughly 27,000 acres, plus rock climbing opportunities and multiple campsites. You can also partake in ranger programs, such as guided hikes, bike tours and art activities. Astute hikers may also see several species of birds or – if they're lucky – mountain lions, among other animals.
Past tourists raved about the park. Many enjoyed their hikes and loved the views, adding that future travelers should try to time their hikes around sunset. Others warned that it can get particularly hot here in summer, so be sure to pack plenty of provisions.
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