El Paso County, Texas
El Paso County, TX Real Estate, El Paso County Area and Community Information
El Paso County, Texas, is home to approximately 825,000 residents. The county is in far southwestern Texas. Huspeth County and El Paso County are the only two counties in the state that operate under Mountain Time. The city of El Paso is the county seat.
In Spanish, "El Paso del Norte" means "The Pass of the North." El Paso is simply the shortened version. The pass referred to is the one cut through the mountains by the Rio Grande. Just prior to the onset of World War I, tin mining operations began in the Franklin Mountains, although this effort ended within a few years.
Parks and Recreation
The Franklin Mountains State Park is located in the longest sustained mountain range in the state. The summit of North Franklin Peak is at 7,192 feet above sea level, which is more than 3,000 feet above the city of El Paso that lies below. Miles of hiking trails attract many visitors. McKelligon Canyon is a popular destination for rock climbers. Tranquility is preserved by a ban on motorized vehicles on the unpaved trails and dirt roadways.
Attractions and Activities
The Wyler Aerial Tramway is a highlight of a visit to the 195-acre Franklin Mountains State Park. Visitors ride on Swiss-made gondola along a half-mile long cable that is 1.375-in diameter. The ride lasts for four minutes, and at times it passes over a canyon that is up to 240-ft deep. At the end of the ride, visitors step out on Ranger Peak at an elevation of 5,600 feet. On a clear day, it is possible to survey an expanse encompassing over 7,000 sq-mi. High-power telescopes are available at the summit to add even more to the viewing possibilities.
Those with El Paso County homes have many festivals to look forward to each year. Every October, the El Paso Wicked Wine Run combines a 1k and 5k run with wine tastings along the way. The Event Center in El Paso hosts the November Las Artistas Art & Fine Crafts Show every year. The event has brought upscale arts and crafts gift shopping to the area for over 40 years.
In late August, the Great American Duck Race comes to Deming Courthouse Park. Almost 20,000 attendees enjoy the carnival rides, arts and crafts booths and the live entertainment. Unique competitions include the Outhouse Race and the Tortilla Toss. Of course, everyone looks forward to the live duck race. Hot air balloons also add color and excitement to this major event.
A relocating El Paso County home buyer will find that there are hundreds of El Paso County TX homes to consider. There are many modern homes for sale in El Paso County that are laced in newer subdivisions. Some of these El Paso County properties will feature desirable amenities like multi-car garages, deluxe kitchens, extra storage and home theaters. Other El Paso County homes for sale will be excellent options for young families seeking affordable real estate in El Paso County.
The buyer in search of upscale El Paso County TX real estate can work with Thelma Briffa, an El Paso County Realtor, to identify the most appropriate El Paso County real estate for his or her needs. Thelma Briffa can also suggest which properties are value-priced.