Saturday, October 3, 2015

Camino Real El Paso Historic Hotel of America

What You’ll Find

Camino Real El Paso opened on Thanksgiving Day 1912 with a lavish ball—immediately earning it the moniker “Showplace of the West.” Guests were—and are to this day—awestruck with the stunning Tiffany Dome; a two-story vaulted ceiling surrounded by walls of cherrystone and gold scagliola. As guests move through this landmark of hospitality today, they will find historic elegance with all the luxurious comforts of today. The hotel features 357 guestrooms, unique dining experiences including the Dome Bar and a grandiose historic ballroom complete with crystal chandeliers. The hotel has been a member of Historic Hotels of America® since 2001 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
The National Register of Historic Places is an official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

Getting There

The Camino Real Hotel El Paso is located downtown in the business district just six blocks north of the U.S. border with Mexico. The hotel is adjacent to the El Paso Convention Center, El Paso Museum of Art, Art Festival Plaza and Insights Museum of Science. It is just four blocks from the Union Train Station and 15 minutes from the El Paso International Airport.

Make Sure You

Drive north to Las Cruces, New Mexico to explore a whole new world. Hiking the Organ Mountains Recreation Area, exploring theDripping Springs Natural Area, or hiking the Sierra Vista Trail are all perfect ways to explore this unique American landscape.

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Explore Kilbourne Hole Volcanic Crater, just under an hour away in New Mexico. This National Natural Landmark is between 24,000 and 100,000 years old, and measures 1.7 miles (2.73 km) long.

Don’t Forget

If a day trip is possible, consider driving out to Big Bend National Park. This national park covers over 800,000 acres (323,748 ha) of the Chihuahuan Desert and 118 miles (189.9 km) of the Rio Grande River. Activities include hiking to Emory Peak, photographing the incredible flora and fauna, and the unique experience of stargazing at a certified International Dark-Sky Park. Don't forget to also explore the area for late Cretaceous and Tertiary period fossils—some as old as 90 million years!

Did You Know?

The Camino Real El Paso was built as the Hotel Paso del Norte by Zack T. White, a wealthy El Paso businessman in 1912. Wary of new construction in a town that had only recently seen hotels destroyed by fire, White decided to learn from the best. He traveled to San Francisco with his architect, Henry Charles Trost to study the buildings that had survived the earthquake and fire of 1906. The resulting hotel cost 1.5 million dollars—but was easily the sturdiest and most ornate building in El Paso.

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