THE ORANGE LOOP features attractions in El Paso, Lubbock, Midland, and Odessa, and can be combined with a New Mexico tour. It travels through the Mountain, Pecos, and Plains Trail Regions.

SELECT THE DESTINATIONS AND WAYPOINTS THAT MATCH YOUR GROUP’S INTERESTS  —  Each attraction is located in a city on the Orange Loop. Click here to view the Orange Loop map.

Balmorhea State Park

Balmorhea, Texas

The largest spring-fed pool in the world, built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Balmorhea features overnight lodging, historic photos, and desert wetlands wildlife.
 

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad, New Mexico

Located on the scenic and historic Pecos River, Carlsbad makes a welcome stop for travelers between El Paso and
Lubbock, Texas. Visitors may enjoy a river cruise or rented paddle boat on Lake Carlsbad, or visit the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park.
 

Cattleman's Steakhouse at Indian Cliff's Ranch

The everchanging scenery and contrasting terrain of this authentic working ranch will take you back to the Old West. 

El Paso Mission Trail - Ysleta Mission

Along the Rio Grande and active in 1680, this is the oldest of three still-active religious congregations housed in adobe mission church. While you're in the area, visit the Tigua Indian Cultural Center as well! 

Downtown Museum District

Within easy walking distance of the heart of downtown are the El Paso Museum of Art, the El Paso History Museum, the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center, and fine examples of Trost & Trost architecture such as the Anson Mills Building. The state-of-the-art Southwest University Park ball field is home to the AAA El Paso Chihuahuas. 

Magoffin Home State Historic Site

The Adobe Territorial home of a pioneering multicultural family, now open for house and garden tours. 

Concordia Cemetery

Legendary gunfighter John Wesley Hardin is buried in El Paso’s own historic “Boot Hill” along with Buffalo Soldiers, Texas Rangers, Civil War veterans, Mormon pioneers, Florida (Lady Flo) Wolf, and lawman John Selman. 

Wyler Aerial Tramway

Aerial gondolas soar above a rugged canyon in the Franklin Mountains State Park, providing a view of more than 7,000 square miles, encompassing three states and two nations.

National Border Patrol Museum

Equipment, vehicles, weapons, and documents in this unique museum cover the history of the United States Border Patrol from the old West and the days of the Texas Rangers through Prohibition, WWII, right up to current operations. Guided tours may be booked in advance. 

El Paso Museum of Archaeology & Wilderness Park

The museum and nature trail tell the story of the first inhabitants of the El Paso area, the greater Southwest, and northern Mexico.
 

Keystone Heritage Park

The park comprises a desert botanical garden, wetlands, and a 4,500-year-old archaeological site, one of the oldest villages in the United States. 

Zin Valle Vineyard

Enjoy a bottle of Rising Star wine from the vineyard patio, taking in the view of the majestic Franklin Mountains and experiencing the warm West Texas sun and the cool mountain breezes flowing through the Mesilla Valley. 

Franklin Mountains State Park

Towering above the city, this is the largest state park in an urban setting at almost 27,000 acres. Here you can hike rugged desert wilderness with 125 miles of multi-use trails. Camping and picnicking are also available.

Hueco Tanks State Historic Site

Preserving history from ancient pictographs to ruins of a stagecoach stop along the old Butterfield Overland Trail, Hueco Tanks is also a haven for hikers and rock climbers from around the world. 

Guadalupe Mountains National Parks

Guadalupe Mountains

Two national parks are situated just 40 miles apart: Guadalupe Mountains NP, with the highest peak in Texas and a Butterfield Overland Mail Stage stop, and Carlsbad Caverns NP, renowned for its bat flight and famous caves. 

American Windmill Museum

Housing more than 170 rare and fully restored windmills that tell the story of irrigation, ranching, and railroads. Adults and children alike will enjoy the awe-inspiring “Legacy of the Wind” mural and world’s largest model train.

Award-Winning Wineries

Home to six wineries, some of the best wines in Texas are bottled right here on the High Plains. Whether you prefer dry whites or deep reds, we have a glass of award-winning wine just for you.

Bayer Museum of Agriculture

This newly expanded museum, situated on a prominent hilltop above the Canyon Lakes, features unique agriculture exhibits such as horse-drawn implements, crop dusters, and GPS-driven equipment

Depot Entertainment District

The Depot District offers nightly live music at various venues such as the historic Cactus Theater, The Blue Light, or The Garden. Within walking distance is delicious restaurants, quaint boutiques, and local galleries.

West Texas Walk of Fame/Buddy and Maria Elena Holly Plaza/Buddy Holly Statue

A larger-than-life tribute to the Lubbock musician who inspired the world of rock ’n’ roll, and “Walk of Fame”
honoring other West Texas music legends from Waylon Jennings to Natalie Maines. 

Buddy Holly Center

Located in the historic Depot Entertainment District, the center houses a permanent exhibition dedicated to the life and music of Buddy Holly and displays unique memorabilia donated by the family, friends, and fans of Lubbock’s favorite son. The newly restored J. I. Allison House opened in 2013, invites visitors to see what home life was like in the 1950s for Buddy Holly and his Crickets band members. 

Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts

LHUCA (Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts) is a must-see when it comes to contemporary art on the South Plains. Visitors will find that LHUCA is not only a place to see art, but experience it as well. Its campus includes multiple working studios, visual art galleries, a theatre and rehearsal hall and various classes that you can drop into throughout the year.

Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark

An internationally recognized archaeological and natural history preserve where mammoth bison once roamed, you’ll find an interpretive center, multiple exhibits, plus 4.5 miles of outdoor trails.

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Silent Wings Museum

From 1942 to 1944, Lubbock was home to the majority of American Glider Pilots and their flight training for World War II. To preserve their history and bravery, the Silent Wings Museum tells the story of the U.S. Glider Program and is home to three exhibit galleries, a C-47 airplane, research library, multimedia theater and one of the few fully restored World War II gliders in existence.

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