A trail for everyone.

Mayor Dee Margo updated the Local Emergency Directive on April 29, 2020 (amended on April 30, 2020) that permits the use of walking paths, City and County trails, and paths within parks. Parks are still closed and all equipment, including playgrounds and sports fields, are still closed. The Mayor recommends against hiking in the Franklin Mountains and strongly urged El Pasoans to stay at home if they can, specifically those in vulnerable populations and over the age of 65. Trail users are required to practice proper social distancing, which includes:

  • Maintaining at least six feet from any person who is not from the same household

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

  • Covering coughs or sneezes into the sleeve or elbow, not hands

  • Regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces

  • Not shaking hands

Because an infected person can transmit the COVID-19 virus to others before showing any symptoms, the covering of a person's nose and mouth is necessary to help slow the spread of the virus. All individuals over the age of two (2) are required to wear some form of covering over their nose and mouth, such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief, except when:

  • When engaged in outdoor activity to promote individual health, including biking, walking, or running provided the individuals comply with proper social distancing guidelines

  • Alone in a separate single space, whether indoor or outdoor

  • In the presence only of other members of one's household or residence, whether inside or outside the residence

  • When doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety, or security risk

Additional resources and information are available at EPStrong.org and EPCOVID19.org

COVID-19 Emergency Directive, Information, and Resources

The Paso del Norte Trail is a community-driven, collaborative effort to develop a county-wide trail in El Paso County. The goal is to create a regionally significant landmark that promotes active transportation, preserves the history and culture of our region, highlights the Rio Grande river, supports economic development and ecotourism, provides educational and volunteer opportunities, and makes healthy living the easy choice for our unique, binational community.

The roughly 68–mile span of the Paso del Norte (PDN) Trail is divided into five distinct districts, each broadly defined by their unique geographical, historical, and cultural context, as well as various amenities and attractions that help define them.

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"The Playa Drain Trail is the beginning of something BIG that a few folks have been working so hard to make happen. 
It’s a fun easy train for riding bikes, jogging or walking."


—  Ephraim Vivar

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