Located on the Rio Grande where that river forms the border between the United States and Mexico, El Paso, Texas, was once a Spanish mission town. The city is now home to a large number of United States military families from Fort Bliss, Biggs Army Air Field and William Beaumont Army Medical Center. There are several museums and historic destinations to visit, and the El Paso Zoo contains more than 200 animal species. The University of Texas, El Paso basketball teams, the Miners and Lady Miners, play at the Don Haskins Center.
There are two civilian airports in El Paso. The main transportation hub is El Paso International Airport (ELP). Horizon Airport (HZP) also services the city, but it is farther east from the downtown area. Cielo Vista South, Northwest El Paso and Silver Springs Village are popular neighborhoods, with easy access to nightclubs, restaurants and shopping.
The village of El Paso del Norte grew up around a mission founded here in 1659, so the modern city of El Paso has a deep Mexican influence. The area’s cuisine features Spanish and Mexican dishes, along with traditional American classics. High temperatures range from the 50s to the 70s throughout the year although El Paso occasionally sees snowfall in the winter months.