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Tips on El Paso Warnings or Dangers

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El Paso Warnings or Dangers

El Paso is a Texas city on the border with Mexico. Just across the border is Ciudad Juarez. During the day it is pretty safe, and some general precautions should keep you safe at night as well. Here are some tips on El Paso warnings or dangers.

Drug Trafficking

Some say the El Paso/Ciudad Juarez area is one the biggest spots for drug trafficking along the U.S. and Mexican border. On the Ciudad Juarez side of the metropolis, stick to the well-traveled areas and avoid being out at night alone.

Both Sides of the Border

The city of El Paso itself is relatively safe in the daytime. But like any large city, there are areas you should avoid at night.  There is more crime in Cuidad Juarez. However, if you visit Juarez in the daytime, and stay in tourist type areas, you should be fine.

Always bring two forms of identification with you when you go into Mexico. If you do not have two forms of identification, returning to the United States could be a long and drawn-out process.

Parks

There are parks and nature preserves on both sides of the border. These are delicate ecosystems, and signs warning you to not stray off the trail are there for your protection, as well as for the protection of the local ecosystem. On the Mexico side there are no services, food, or gas in the parks, so make sure you have plenty before you set out.

Neighborhoods

El Paso stretches for about 30 miles along Interstate 10. This means many of the tourist attractions are spread out. For a better sense of the city (and easier navigation), find out the name of the neighborhood in addition to the address of your destination. Locals may know the location of the neighborhood but not specific addresses.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in El Paso.

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