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Planning a short break to El Paso? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in El Paso. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to El Paso. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Ascarate Lake City Park

Located at Delta Dr., between Alameda Ave. and Border Hwy, 400 acres of undeveloped land that has a network of trails for hiking or exploring. The 44-acre artificial lake is stocked with rainbow trout and channel catfish, and there is a 27-hole golf course in the park.

The other main attraction is the aquatics centre with an Olympic sized pool.

For more information phone 915/772-3941 or go to www.cityofelpaso.net/topic/parks.htm

Franklin Mountains State Park

Take the Trans Mountain Road for a quick drive up the Franklin Mountains that run between east and west El Paso. There are picnic tables in the 24,000-acre park, caves, and hiking trails. The North Franklin Peak soars to an elevation of 7,192 feet, and the views are spectacular.

Go to www.cityofelpaso.net/topic/parks.htm for more information.

Feather Lake Wildlife Refuge

This man-made lake is home to a number of wetland species, and approximately 194 different types of birds. The Visitors Centre will provide information and advice, and there are volunteers to answer questions and queries. To get there, take 9500 North Loop Dr. in El Paso's Lower Valley. Take I-10 east to Americas Ave., and then drive right for 1 mile on Americas to North Loop. Turn right onto North Loop and continue for 0.4 miles to the stoplight at Bordeaux Street. The Feather Lake entrance is on your left at this intersection.

For more information phone (915) 757-1876 or (915) 545-5157 or go to www.gbarnett.com/eptpas/featherlake.html

El Paso Museum of Art

Located at 1 Arts Festival Plaza, across from the convention centre downtown, The permanent galleries display Mexican art of the 17th to 19th century’s, European art of the 13th to 18th century’s, and American art from 1800 to the mid 1900’s. Other interesting displays are the works on paper, and contemporary art from the Southwestern United States and Mexico.

For more information phone 915/532-1707 or go to www.elpasoartmuseum.org

Chamizal National Memorial

Located at 800 S. San Marcial Dr, the 55-acre park at the Chamizal National Memorial commemorates the settlement of the almost 120-year-old dispute over the Rio Grande and the border between Mexico and the United States. The park has an outdoor amphitheatre, a visitor centre and museum, and a walkway to the Bridge of the Americas that leads to the memorial’s opposite number, Parque Chamizal on the Mexican side.

For more information phone 915/532-7273 or go to www.nps.gov/cham/index.htm

Insights Science Museum

Located at 505 N. Santa Fe St, this downtown museum has more than 60 interactive exhibits on the inner workings of nature. Children enjoy the “Echo Tube”, with sound and sonic waves, and the Tesla Coil, coursing with 500,000 volts of electricity. There is also an on-site observatory open to the public on the first Saturday of each month, for viewing the night sky.

For more information phone 915/534-0000 or go to www.insightselpaso.org

El Paso Zoo

Located at 4001 E. Paisano Dr, and home to 175 different species of animals exhibited in their natural habitat. The 600 animals live in one the finest zoos in the state, with the focus on American and Asian wildlife. Also at the zoo is a restaurant and gift shop and a 16th century replica of a rest stop on the Camino Real, known as the ‘Paraje’.

For more information phone 915/544-1928, or go to www.elpasozoo.org

Jazz in the Canyon

Located in the McKelligon Canyon Pavilion, this is a great family outing in a spectacular setting. Food and drink is available on-site and parking is free. Admission is $15 with children aged 10 and under free. Tickets are available from the TicketMaster or at the gate.

For more information phone 915-592-1357 or go to website www.elpasofriendsofjazz.org.

Painted Dunes Desert Golf Course

Located at 12000 McCombs St., and wrested from the Chihuahan Desert, this magnificent 27-hole golf course lies at the foothills of the Franklin Mountains, surrounded by breath-taking scenic beauty.

For full information go to website www.painteddunes.com/html/contact_us.html

Cattleman’s Steakhouse

At Indian Cliffs Ranch, about 35 minutes from Downtown El Paso. This historic landmark and one of the top ten restaurants in Texas, is reached by taking the Interstate 10 east, making a left turn at Fabens Exit 49, and continuing 5 miles north into the desert.

The Cattleman’s Steakhouse offers more than just the best steak in Texas, but also such attractions as a Children's Zoo, Movie Sets, a Snake Pit, and a whole lot more.

For map and more information go to www.cattlemanssteakhouse.com/

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