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“Well worth a short detour”

El Paso Mission Trail
Ranked #15 of 85 things to do in El Paso
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Mission Valley Visitor Center
Baltimore, Maryland
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662 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 260 helpful votes
“Well worth a short detour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2012

We had a little time to kill before catching a flight out of El Paso, so on the spur of the moment, we went to visit the two closest missions, Ysleta and Socorro. We were happy to find good street signage pointing the way and had no trouble finding them. Both buildings were beautiful and moving, in their different ways. Socorro had good explanations of the history of the mission posted, while sadly Ysleta did not. All in all, a wonderful glimpse into El Paso's history, although we could certainly have benefited from more background information.

Visited March 2012
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El Paso, TX
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“If Southwest history is your thing, this is a must!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2012

The Missions are beautiful and welcoming. There is other stuff to do along the trail and you are able to see how much of our history came to be by visiting the Missions.

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El Paso, Texas
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21 reviews
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“What You See is What You Get”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2012

The El Paso Mission Trail is a nice experience on a day when you are looking for something to do. Would not take small children. Makes you appreciate the history of El Paso.

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tallahassee,fl
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“A glimpse into the past & appreciation for the present”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2012

Frequently our Spanish heritage is relegated to an odd paragraph in US history books. A large swath of the American West was governed by Spain then Mexico for hundreds of years. The missions and historic buildings on the trail are an active legacy from that time period. The Mission Trail along the old Camino Real, is best visited on Friday or Saturday. These are active churches & we were careful not to disturb worshipers who will traditionally progress on their knees to the alter in supplication. A first stop must be at the visitor’s center which is in the transportation hub at 9065 Alameda Ave. The center is operated in old hacienda with a very interesting story. Here we met Jose and Richard which were a fountain of knowledge. Not only will they be able to help you with information on places to eat, best times to visit etc but I could not stump them with any question about El Paso. Yseleta mission is the second continuously operating parish in the US. Socorro was the most elaborately decorated & as you examine all the objects take yourself back to another time when men and women lovingly presented these gifts to decorate His home on earth. Some of the statues are graphic and we thought back to the days when people were illiterate & more visually orientated. San Elizaro Chapel is in the process of restoration but this area also contains an old Casa, now a museum, a Billy the Kid jail and other historic structures. The first Thanksgiving in the New World is said to have occurred here. We also stopped at the Tiqua Native American Center which has a small museum and native dancing on the weekends. Do not expect a quiet Sunday drive as you go from one mission to another. These are working class areas & at sometimes just plain junky. However the historic missions and thick adobe walled homes offer a quiet respite from the world just as they did in the 17th century. I would strongly suggest calling ahead and visiting the web site for hours and operating days. Everything is free but maintenance is expensive so please make a contribution. We enjoyed talking to parishioners and museum volunteers. Their absolute pride, friendliness, & stories give credit to the ancient ones who founded these sacred places.

Visited February 2012
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El Paso, Texas
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“PRAISE GOD”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2012

Let him into your life! He's everything to me! God is amazing!

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