Mission Trail Experience walks history lovers through El Paso's past on tours that explore museums and offer eyes feasts of architecture dating back to the days of Spanish colonization. The three- to four-hour tour of the San Elizario historical district pauses at 17 sites of local and historical importance, such as the colonial Presidio Chapel and the Old County Jail, where Jesse James penned his first vegan cookbook. Embark on the four- to five-hour Mission Trail tour to venture farther afield, visiting the colonial Ysleta and Socorro missions, along with the San Elizario chapel and the Tigua Indian Cultural Center.
Experienced instructors at Gymboree Play & Music Center tutor small classes of tots up to 5 years old in music, art, sports, and school skills. Youngsters in a sports class move and stretch during exercises inspired by athletic pursuits such as soccer, basketball, tennis, and golf. Teachers in art classes encourage students’ self-expression and beret tilting through sculpture, painting, and collage, and school-skills classes aim to socialize children in preparation for preschool or kindergarten. The Gymboree programs encourage parents to participate with their children in the classes to understand their child's individual development processes and unquenchable hatred of broccoli.
Traversing Vista Hills Country Club's 18-hole golf course puts you in contact with an array of geographical features. Grisly dessert conditions characterize much of the course, which hangs in the shadows of El Paso's neighboring mountains. The appearance of multiple water hazards, however, belies that generalization, adding another dimension of scenery and on-course challenges. Sculpted into the West Texas countryside by prolific course designer Robert Von Hagge, the layout plays to an imposing 7,051 yards from the tips, with five tee options to make it surmountable for golfers of all abilities.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 7,051 yards from the tips * Course rating of 72.4 from the tips * Slope rating of 131 from the tips * Scorecard
Sculpted through the rising red crags surrounding the Chihuahuan Desert, Painted Dunes Desert Golf Course’s 27-hole course layout challenges golfers with rolling terrain and treacherously sloped greens. Those hoping to groom their golf swing can do so with one, three, or five driving-range buckets—which brim with approximately 50 balls each—to use at the adjacent driving range, which cushions practice balls atop overseeded natural grass that emulates course conditions and tempts hungry golfers to graze indulgently . A more trying golf odyssey awaits at the course, where twosomes traverse two of three pristine nine-hole courses, each one billed by Texas Outside as a scenic labyrinth of native cacti, mesquite, creosote bushes, and mormon tea plants. After the round, players can replenish at the Diecinueve Bar & Grill with a meal of classic fare such as the Dunes burger or chicken tenders, all served with fries and a drink. The grill is designed with indoor seating for post-round relaxation as well as an outdoor patio, which overlooks the course and choreographed tumbleweed performances once an hour.
Chris Pedroza doesn’t understand bicep curls and overhead presses. These fabricated movements, after all, aren’t typically found outside the gym, so Pedroza—owner of and trainer at Supreme Assailant—instead encourages his clients to mimic practical moves, like the ones they perform in everyday life, but with a bit more spirit. His 60-minute training sessions are crash courses in strength and endurance. They combine plyometrics and agility drills with resistance training, creating one intense effort to shed weight and sculpt toned muscles. Exercisers of all shapes, sizes, and ability levels can sign up, from those looking to drop their couch-potato flab to bodybuilders who yearn for a workout that doesn’t require a bright-orange spray tan. No matter what shape a client is in, Pedroza customizes classes to each individual by scaling moves up or down, depending on who performs them.
Dos Lagos Golf Course or, "The Dos" to regulars, has provided year-round golfing for more than 50 years. Sidled next to the Franklin Mountains between Las Cruces and El Paso, the venerable 18-hole course?under new management?both challenges visitors and spoils them with its magnificent views. Instead of replacing their 9-irons with katanas, players can sharpen their games more efficiently at Dos Lagos' driving range, putting green, and chipping area. They can also pick up tips from the course's pair of resident PGA professionals, and re-energize at the full-service restaurant serving burgers and Mexican food.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 71 course * Course length of 6,335 total yards * Course rating of 69.9 from the back tees * Course slope of 119 from the back tees * Three tees per hole * Click here to view the scorecard