Restrooms

Where are the restrooms throughout the El Paso Mission Trail?

Restrooms open to the public can be found at the Mission Valley Visitors Center, Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, Tigua Cultural Center, Tigua Recreation & Wellness Center, and the Los Portales Museum & Information Center.  Restrooms open to patrons can be found at every restaurant and most art galleries. 


Get Around

Where is the El Paso Mission Trail located?

The El Paso Mission Trail is located in the Mission Valley of El Paso, Texas on the south east side of the city.


How far is the El Paso Mission Trail from the El Paso International Airport?

About 10.79 miles.                 


How far is the El Paso Mission Trail from Downtown El Paso?

About 15.70 miles.


How do I get to the Mission Trail?

You can drive to the El Paso Mission Trail or you can book a self-guided or guided tour from the Mission Trail Experience Tours.


Are shuttles or tours available?

Yes, you can book a self-guided or guided tour through the Mission Trail Experience Tours


General Visitor Information

What is the El Paso Mission Trail?

The El Paso Mission Trail is a 9-mile historic corridor that connects two of the oldest continuously operated missions in the United States (Ysleta Mission and Socorro Mission) and a historic presidio chapel (San Elizario Presidio Chapel). 


How long is the El Paso Mission Trail?

The El Paso Mission Trail is a 9-mile historic corridor.


Where is the closest Visitors Center? When is it open?

There are two Visitor Information Centers on the El Paso Mission Trail:

The Mission Valley Visitors Center is located across the street from the Ysleta Mission at 9065 Alameda, El Paso, Texas 79907. This visitor’s center is open Monday through Friday from 9am – 4pm and Saturday/Sunday from 9am – 3pm. For more information: 915-851-9997.

Los Portales Museum and Information Center is located next to the San Elizario Presidio Chapel at 1521 San Elizario Road, San Elizario, Texas 79836. This visitor’s center is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 2pm and Sunday from Noon – 4pm; closed on Mondays. For more information: 915-851-1682.


Who runs the Mission Valley Visitors Center?

A group of volunteers from the El Paso Mission Trail Association whos primary mission is to educate, promote and preserve the treasures along the Mission Trail.


Who runs the Los Portales Museum and Information Center?

A group of volunteers from the San Elizario Genealogy & Historical Society whos main purpose is to promote the history of San Elizario and encourage interest in family research.


Are there specific days and hours that I can visit the missions and chapel?

With any visit to the El Paso Mission Trail make sure you plan accordingly to the hours of operation of the mission churches and presidio chapel.

Ysleta Mission: Monday through Saturday, 7am – 4pm (Closed Sundays and Holidays)

Socorro Mission: Monday through Friday, 10am – 4pm; Saturday, 9am – 6pm; Sunday, 9am -1 pm

San Elizario Presidio Chapel: Monday through Friday, 7am – 9:30am; Saturday/Sunday, Open for Mass Services


Are the missions and chapel on the El Paso Mission Trail active churches?

Yes, all three historic locations are active Catholic parishes with regular church services.   


Are credit cards or debit cards accepted?

Most locations do accept credit and debit cards except for Doña Chole Mexican Restaurant (they only accept cash).


If I want to learn more about the history of the El Paso Mission Trail, what books can I read?

The Tiguas, Pueblo Indians of Texas by Bill Wright

The Pueblo de Socorro Grant by Katherine H. White

San Elizario, Spanish Presidio to Texas County Seat by Rick Hendricks and W.H. Timmons

San Elizario, A History by Eugene O. Porter

The El Paso Salt War by C.L. Sonnichsen


Photography

Can I take pictures inside the Missions?

Yes, photography is allowed.  Visitors to the Ysleta Mission are asked to inform someone at the gift shop (located next to the Ysleta Mission) of any photography. 


Can I take pictures during any of the Indian dancers?

Ask permission before taking pictures of dancers.


Lodging

Where should I stay when I visit El Paso?

El Paso has more then 65 hotels to choose from.  Browse our site under Plan and Lodging to see a list of El Paso hotels.  


Parking

Where do I park? Is there a charge for parking?

Each attraction/restaurant on the trail has its own free parking. 


Can I park at one location and walk throughout the El Paso Mission Trail?

The El Paso Mission Trail is a 9-mile historic corridor that connects the Ysleta Mission, Socorro Mission and the San Elizario Presidio Chapel by one narrow road.  Each mission is approximately 3-5 miles apart.  Walking to each mission/chapel is not recommended.