We stopped at El Paso to get Coach Care Cummins dealer to check the motor home, everything went fine for the motor home but the little Honda lost a transmission on the way to El Paso. So we stayed a little longer than planned. We rented a car and did all the sites. The first trip was the Mission Trail.
Mission Corpus Christi de La Ysleta
Also referred to as Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Mission del San Antonio, the Tigua Pueblo’s mission was a sanctuary for Spanish and Tigua refugees. The silver dome bell tower was completed 30 years after the present structure’s completion in 1851. The nearby Tigua Indian Cultural Center offers bread-baking demonstrations and native dances regularly.
Our Lady of Immaculate Conception at Socorro of the South
The recently restored Socorro Mission is the oldest active Roman Catholic parish in North America. It was completed in 1873 and features rustic, Indian-decorated vigas (ceiling beams) and an original statue of St. Michael.
Presidio Chapel San Elceario (San Elizario)
The chapel at San Elizario is not actually a mission, but a military chapel. Completed in 1877, its patriotic roots are evident with stained glass windows bearing images of the American flag and Seal of Texas. Other points of interest are the Los Portales Museum, highlighting 400 years of border history, and the jailhouse from which outlaw Billy the Kid helped a friend escape.