Author and radio host Ken Hudnall leads groups on an informative trek through El Paso's famed, and oftentimes spooky, past during the Downtown History and Mystery Tour. Each traipse through time begins at the Camino Real Hotel, where ominous tales of a distressed bride and the lingering presence of Pancho Villa cast a spectral tone upon the outing's onset. Winding through city streets, Ken and crew stop at the Cortez Building, the Plaza Hotel, and the very first Hilton Hotel, which has hosted several celebrity weddings. As night falls and shadows begin to dance and pants unsuspecting patrons, a stop at the Mills Building—constructed on the site of a hotel that burned to the ground—rounds out the tour's itinerary.
From September through March, the El Paso Hockey Association’s rink rumbles with the hard hits of the El Paso Rhinos—El Paso’s Junior A hockey team that netted a Silver Medal at the 2011 National Championship. But when the Rhinos are off the ice, the facility opens the rink to the community for a number of different uses. Public-skating sessions, for instance, invite guests to stop by and experience the thrill of carving a perfect figure eight or the profile of Stone Cold Steve Austin into the ice. Classes and programs, such as Learn to Skate, further sharpen skaters’ skills. And kids’ hockey leagues give youngsters the chance to get a feel for the sport.
In a world where monsters, aliens, and zombies freely roam convention tables and hatch plans to steal all the autograph markers, luckily there are superheroes around too. At the El Paso Comic Con, it's nearly guaranteed you'll see your favorite freakish idols of page and screen?or at least people dressed up as them?whatever their allegiances may be. In addition to cosplay contests and a convention floor filled with likeminded attendees, EPCON also brings in dozens of vendors who sell comics, artwork, and rarities. Special guests also show up, often including stars from Star Trek or other fantastic worlds from TV and the movies.
Ornaments, mugs, dishes, and figurines await creative customization at Stonepainters, a welcoming studio devoted to paint-your-own pottery. After selecting a ceramic piece as your blank canvas, you can infuse your own personality onto it by using the idea books, stencils, and nontoxic paints provided by the studio. After this step, Stonepainters's staffers coat the pottery with a clear glaze and fire it in an on-site kiln powered by the hot air of a local politician.
From the bleachers that overlook its indoor soccer field, you can watch players dribble down Alpha Athletics & Fitness's fresh turf. The sprawling soccer field claims just a portion of the 15,000-square-foot facility. A basketball court sprawls across the neighboring space. Elsewhere within the athletic center, free weights sit ready for lifting, and group exercise classes unfold.
A member of the Zumba Instructor Network, Rock That Body Fitness hosts dance-based aerobics classes designed to tone bodies and bolster self-confidence. Trainees rediscover their inner divas while performing Vegas-showgirl dance routines and Latin-inspired Zumba. Like a formal dinner at the local fun house, each class takes place in the middle of an open, hardwood floor flanked by tall mirrors and festively painted walls.