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Paso del Norte Trail

The Paso del Norte Trail is a community-driven, collaborative effort to develop and implement a master plan for a 60-mile county-wide trail in El Paso County. The goal is to develop a multi-use, recreational trail that will become a regional attraction that connects communities, celebrates El Paso’s history and culture, highlights the Rio Grande, promotes health and active living, and catalyzes economic development.

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation contracted with Sites Southwest and Alta Planning + Design to create the Master Plan in 2017-2018. The project was further supported by a technical assistance grant from the National Parks Service’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program and the leadership and input from the County of El Paso, City of El Paso, El Paso Water, El Paso Water Improvement District No. 1, El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization, Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority, Texas Department of Transportation, International Boundary and Water Commission, Housing Authority for the City of El Paso, Medical Center of the Americas Foundation, Velo El Paso, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso Independent School District, neighborhood associations and countless other organizations and community residents.

After 18 months of public meetings, on-line surveys and planning sessions with community leaders, stakeholders and trail enthusiasts, the concept for a 60-mile county-wide trail is now one step closer to reality with the completion of the Master Plan to guide its development.

For a copy of the Master Plan, visit Make sure to sign up for the mailing list to receive updates on trail development.

Program Lead: Tracy J. Yellen

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The Foundation earned a 2019 Gold Seal of Transparency by GuideStar

January 15, 2020

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently earned a 2019 Gold Seal by adding information to the nonprofit profile on GuideStar. Now community members as well as more than 10 million GuideStar users can find in-depth information about the Health Foundation’s goals, strategies, capabilities, and process. [Click…

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