How Safe Is El Paso for Travel?

El Paso, United States
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El Paso is the sixth-largest city in Texas, on the United States-Mexico border.

The city on the other side of the border in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. El Paso is often called the Sun City.

El Paso is geographically divided into several parts with the Franklin Mountains and Fort Bliss cutting the city into distinct sections.

Each area has its own style and culture.

Travelers come here to see and try The valley of the Rio Grande, Franklin Mountains, McKelligon Canyon, and Transmountain Road.

A number of walking tours of various parts of El Paso are available.

Warnings & Dangers in El Paso

Overall Risk


El Paso is a very safe city. It is safe to walk here at any time of the day or night. Of course, the usual precautions are always worth applying. Be attentive to your surroundings, and keep track of personal belongings.

Transport & Taxis Risk


It is safe to travel to El Paso by public transport or taxi. On buses, watch your pockets and bags. And call a cab only licensed, for example, through the application on a smartphone.

Pickpockets Risk


There are not many pickpockets in El Paso. Their goal is rather too careless tourists who do not watch their belongings. Be careful in crowds and public transport. Do not leave personal items unattended.

Natural Disasters Risk


The probability of an earthquake in El Paso is higher than the Texas average. The risk of tornado damage in El Paso is much lower than the Texas average and much lower than the national average. Examine the weather conditions before you visit this city.

Mugging Risk


In El Paso, you can not be afraid of armed robberies - the city is safe enough, and the police work well. However, this does not mean that you need to be wholly inattentive and relaxed. Especially in the dark, it is necessary to exercise maximum caution and monitor your surroundings.

Terrorism Risk


Terrorist attacks take place in the city, small problems with drug trafficking, and proximity to the Mexican border affect. You should monitor media reports and be vigilant at all times. Study the political environment before your trip here.

Scams Risk


Most often, in El Paso, they commit fraud by phone and SMS mailing. Usually, tourists rarely experience this type of fraud. However, be careful not to share your personal data with third parties. Use only trusted ATMs at banks to avoid scam risk with your card.

Women Travelers Risk


For women traveling alone, El Paso is a safe city. However, do not be vigilant. Do not attract too much attention to your behavior or clothing. To move to the hotel late at night it is better to use a taxi.

So... How Safe Is El Paso Really?

El Paso is one of the safest cities in North America.

The crime rate here is quite low.

It can be said that there are only small problems with drug trafficking and drug use.

El Paso has a meager murder rate for a large American city.

El Paso is generally very quiet and peaceful during the daytime, but take standard precautions at night.

Areas to avoid at night may include near the international bridges.

It is not recommended walking near the border, away from checkpoints or police stations, especially at night.

In the summer months, the city gets very hot, so dehydration and heat stroke are the most dangerous for visitors.

El Paso is in the desert, and for all visitors, it is essential always to remember to drink enough water.

Heatstroke is severe.

Take care in the heat.

During the rainy season (usually late June to early October), be aware that flash flooding can occur during and after rainfall.

Along with rain comes mosquitoes.

El Paso is a desert, but many residents own pools and water gardens.

These can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The Rio Grande area also has mosquito problems.

The best advice is to remember to wear a good insect repellent if you are outdoors in the evening.

How Does El Paso Compare?

CitySafety Index
El Paso77
Washington DC56
New York City67
Calgary (Canada)82
Buenos Aires (Argentina)60
Vancouver (Canada)82

Useful Information

  • Visas - Visitors to the United States must obtain a visa from one of the United States diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries or Visa Waiver Program countries. A valid passport is a must.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. It has a sign: $ and a code: USD. Also, it abbreviated US$. One dollar is divided into 100 cents (Symbol: ¢).
  • Weather - The best times to visit El Paso for ideal weather are mid-March to mid-May and October to November. Average temperatures in El Paso vary drastically and the weather feels very nice much of the year but hot in the summer and cold in the winter with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year.
  • Airports - El Paso International Airport located 6 km northeast of downtown El Paso, in El Paso County, Texas. It is the largest civil airport in West Texas and southern New Mexico, handling 3,516,911 passengers in a year.
  • Travel Insurance - The travel insurance policy is a must when visiting a foreign country. Make sure you got it before starting your journey, the customs officer may ask for it.
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El Paso Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 8° C
Feb 11° C
Mar 15° C
Apr 19° C
May 24° C
Jun 29° C
Jul 29° C
Aug 28° C
Sep 25° C
Oct 19° C
Nov 13° C
Dec 8° C
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2 Reviews on El Paso

  1. El Paso is a great place

    We had been planning to visit El Paso for some time now. My husband really wanted to see this part of Texas (he’s a Texas fan). After we visited Texas he really wants us to move to Texas in a few years and I might be on board with that. I don’t know if in El Paso or someplace else but Texas seems like a great place to live and grow a business in.

    We loved the Hueco Tanks State Park where we got a chance to hike and birdwatch. We also camped for a night and while I’m not the biggest fan of camping, it was pretty nice. We had a few things on hand because I like to be prepared and everything went smoothly. The rock formations here are quite impressive and we took lots of pictures.

    The El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center should be on anyone’s list who travels to El Paso. We must not forget our history, with the good, the bad and the absolutely horrible. The Holocaust and what happened then should be well presented in school so our children know about it and understand why it happened and how we can avoid anything like this from ever happening again. I shed some tears while here.

    The Fort Bliss Museum and the Old Ironsides Museum have lots of military artifacts, missile exhibits and many vehicles children (and husbands alike haha) will adore seeing and touching if possible. Anything that’s army related will be a hit with young boys or my husband :)) and this was a big hit.

    As for safety, I never felt unsafe here. There probably are places that are more dangerous maybe at night but where we were it was very safe and I never felt threatened in any way. People are friendly and nice here.

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      Noah Cohen says:

      El Paso would do good by installing a Holodomor Museum to remind people of the various atrocities that have happened in the not-to-distant past.

      El Taquito off Airway Blvd is insanely good. I highly recommend it.

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