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© 2018 by Paso del Norte

Health Foundation

A trail for everyone.

The Paso del Norte Trail is a community-driven effort to develop a county-wide trail for El Paso County. The goal is to establish the trail as a regional attraction that connects communities, celebrates El Paso's history and culture, highlights the Rio Grande, promotes healthy and active living, and catalyzes economic development. The final result will be a 60+ mile long trail that begins near Gadsden Middle School and ends at the County Line Lakes. 

Leadership &


The Paso del Norte Health Foundation partnered with the Institute for Healthy Living to provide funding and coordination for the trail project. The Health Foundation previously partnered with Sites Southwest and Alta Planning & Design to develop the conceptual master plan.


The Health Foundation is currently partnered with Creosote Collaborative to establish a Trail Corporation that will oversee the administration and operation of the Paso del Norte Trail. The Trail Corporation Advisory Committee is chaired by the former TxDOT Chariman Ted Houghton and includes members from both the public and private sectors.

The Paso del Norte Trail has been approved and formally supported by El Paso County, the City of El Paso, the City of Socorro, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority, and the El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Current Progress

The Trail Advisory Committee has identified priority segments in the Downtown and Central areas that will begin to connect residential, business, and entertainment destinations. The Health Foundation partnered with the City of El Paso for a 3.4 mile segment along the Playa Drain Canal near Ascarte Park. City Council recently agreed to allow the Health Foundation to donate resources to fund the design of another 3.4 miles to extend the Playa Drain Trail to Independence Trail. 

Next steps include further collaboration with the City of El Paso as well as El Paso Water Improvement District #1 to connect Downtown to the Playa Drain Trail via the Franklin Canal. 

Get Involved!

The Advisory Committee and Health Foundation are always seeking feedback on the trail. Leave a comment with your suggestions for how we can create a successful trail together.

Soon you'll be able to directly sponsor specific trail amenities, or donate to the general trail fund, in our upcoming store!