With a new Buick or GMC model, it’s easier than ever to explore the Las Cruces area. Our extensive location page on the area has some interesting facts about the history of the city, as well as things to do. This post is about some of the many places to visit in the area, many of which can turn into mini road trips—a perfect excuse to drive a new car.
Things to do in Las Cruces are wide ranging. For the best hiking in New Mexico, make a day trip to the Soledad Canyon. This area is rife with scenic views, wildlife, flora, and more. Winding trails weave across canyons, and natural rock formations and stalactites are everywhere. You can also see the remains of indigenous and settler buildings. Rocky terrain can be treacherous in some cars, but not one of the many Buick or GMC crossovers and SUVs.
Stop by the many water tank murals in the area. This is a great activity if you’re bored and looking for something to do. You can see how local artists transform murals into stunning roadside attractions, many of which show pride in the local cities and cultures. Driving from mural to mural is also a great way to experience the city and the open road.
Finally, everyone can enjoy Art Obscura. Considered a landmark by the locals, you can see bizarre and fascinating antiques, as well as some interesting objects and technologies. This quirky gallery has many pieces for sale, but the fun lies in browsing some of the truly unique collections in the store.
Looking for fun in the sun this summer in El Paso? Luckily for you, El Paso is one of the most vibrant, cultural cities in the state, offering a long list of activities and attractions that the whole family will enjoy during the warm, summer months.
Here are just a few of our favorite things to do in El Paso:
We at Crawford Buick GMC love dessert, and El Paso offers some of the best sweet treats in Texas. If you’re looking for the best place to get dessert in El Paso after a stressful day or big dinner, we have some suggestions.
V & G Ice Cream & Coffee Parlor: Nothing beats the cool, creamy treat of old-fashioned ice cream after a hot El Paso day. Their banana splits are some of the best, but if you prefer something else, you have dozens of other flavor options.
Hana Banana: This up-and-coming El Paso chain has three locations in the area which serve a variety of smoothies, waffles, and crepes—most drizzled in rich chocolate. Indulge by ordering a slice of cheesecake topped with ice cream and wrapped in a crisp pastry.
Gufo Di Milano: Known for its all-natural, old-fashioned gelato in flavors like toasted almond and ginger cream, this upscale eatery also offers hearty servings of Italian dishes like paninos and crepes paired with specialty coffee drinks.
DirtyMouth Cupcakes: Beautiful to look at and scrumptious to eat, these specialty cupcakes will change the way you think about baked goods. Ever had a French Toast & Bacon cupcake? If not, you don’t know what you’re missing.
Popcorn Extravaganza: Make your dessert salty-sweet by mixing some of these incredibly-flavored popcorn varieties together. Go with pre-mixed suggestions or make your own combination—you’ve got over 50 to choose from!
Even this late into the year, the natural surroundings of El Paso are beautiful to visit. Amazing animals and fascinating plant life surround the city. There are plenty of places to explore this wildlife in El Paso. Be sure to visit these places to get lost in nature in El Paso.
El Paso is lucky enough to have not one, but two state parks located nearby. This state park is a culturally significant location for many Native American tribes, and is home to some breathtaking rock formations and pictographs.
There is no shortage of Halloween fun in El Paso. Whether you’re looking for something family-friendly, some costumed fun, or some legitimate ghost haunts, El Paso has it all. Take a look at some of these great events you can add to your calendar.
UTEP Haunted Campus Tour. Learn all about the paranormal activity found across campus. The tour starts at the UTEP Student Alumni Lodge on October 22nd and 23rd at 6:30pm. Tickets cost $10 for general admission before the tour starts, or $15 at the door.
Ghost Stories by Moonlight. This adults-only event will be filled with spine-tingling tales, legends, and folklore all performed outdoors by local storytellers. It will be held on October 23rd from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Magoffin Home. Tickets cost $15 per person. Wear a warm costume of your favorite spooky character. Coffee, tea, and pastries will be served as well.
Boo at the Zoo. For a true family-friendly event, visit the El Paso Zoo on October 24th or 25th for the annual Boo at the Zoo. Kids can dress up in their costumes and trick-or-treat through the zoo. You can also watch your favorite animals have fun with some pumpkins, visit the glow in the dark bug room, head through a Halloween maze, and more.
What is your favorite Halloween event here in El Paso?
The Sun City Music Festival is taking place at the beginning of the month from September 5th to 6th at Ascarate Park in El Paso. This will be the fifth year in a row the festival has taken place in El Paso, and it will undoubtedly be a smash hit with residents and attract attendees from all around the state and the country.
The Sun City Music Festival will feature a number of artists including headliners Hardwell and Armin van Buuren. From big names to the music underground, the music festival continues to attract artists that span genres and exposes concert attendees to new and unknown sounds.
True to music festival form, the Sun City fest is going to offer tons of concert merchandise as well as food and drinks sold by local vendors. The Sun City Music Festival has become a big part of El Paso culture in its five years, and it supports small business in El Paso and local artists. We hope this diverse and exciting festival continues for years to come.
If you happen to visit El Paso near the end of June, you won’t want to miss the classic Downtown Street Festival! It’s one of our city’s most famous events, which will take place on June 26th and 27th at the Convention Center Plaza, the Abraham Chavez Theatre, Arts Festival Plaza, Santa Fe Street, Main Street, and San Francisco Street.
It’ll be a non-stop party with food, fun, games and outdoor music suited for all ages, including five unique stages that highlight different genres of music such as alternative, country, decades, Latin, and indie rock.
Highlight performances on the first day include Grammy Award-winning band Halestorm, who will rock the stage before making way for seven-time Grammy Award-nominated rock legend Rob Zombie. On the second day, alternative rock icon Weezer will dominate the stage, and a dramatic fireworks show will light up the sky on both nights.
Most of us from Crawford Buick GMC will be at El Paso’s Downtown Street Festival. We hope you will join us there!
Many dog owners know about microchips, which can be implanted safely under your pooches skin and can help those who find stray dogs to contact their owners. However–few expect to receive their dog back from a destination that’s nearly 2,000 miles away.
But that’s exactly what happened to an El Paso family whose dog, Stinger, was returned to them after being discovered in Baltimore–yes, Baltimore, Maryland. An animal rescue organization in Baltimore found the dog, and upon inspecting his microchip, realized he belonged with a family all the way out in Texas.
The biggest question of all still remains: How did Stinger get all the way to Baltimore? No one knows, and we probably never will. Stinger’s rescue is a true mystery. If he didn’t have a microchip, it’s hard to imagine how he ever would have made it home.
This miraculous El Paso missing dog story has us sold on microchips. What about you?
If there’s one thing El Paso attracts each spring, it’s music. There are tons of musical events to go to in El Paso, Texas in the coming weeks. To get you started on planning, we at Crawford Buick GMC have put together a short list of some of the upcoming El Paso music events:
May 2nd – Battle of El Dorado – This enormous marching band contest will ultimately provide tons of scholarships to El Paso students all while providing powerful musical entertainment.
May 8th-10th – Mariachi Loco Music Festival – This is a music festival dedicated to mariachi bands. Need I say more? There will also be excellent food on site.
May 22nd-24th – Neon Desert Music Festival – This one isn’t for the kids; complimentary beer and wine will be available at this rowdy fest with a VIP ticket. Headliners include J. Cole, Kaskade, and Passion Pit.
Are there any other music events you’re planning to attend soon? Let us know in the comments.