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Chamizal National Memorial

Chamizal Treaty of 1963

Chamizal National Memorial commemorates the harmonious settlement of a 100-year boundary dispute between Mexico and the United States. The Chamizal Treaty of 1963 was a milestone in the diplomatic relations between the two countries sharing one border. The Chamizal National Memorial utilizes performing and visual arts to illustrate how cultures may learn from each other and get along, as exemplified in the diplomacy which resulted in the Chamizal Treaty.

General Information

Seasons / Hours

Summer: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Winter: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily
Closed: December 25 and January 1

Rates & Fees

Free admission. Permits required for special uses. Tickets are sold for some theater events. Donations accepted with boxes available.

Exhibits / Events

Museum, interpretive exhibits, films, art exhibits, theatrical and musical performances. The Los Paisanos Gallery exhibits the art work of many local artists and international artists, on display for monthly periods. The "Nuestra Herencia" mural depicts the history and cultural diversity of the area. Major events include the Spanish Drama Festival, Siglo De Oro, in March, Music Under the Stars every Sunday evening from June through August, Zarzuela Festival in August and the Border Folk Festival in September.

Facilities

The Chamizal Bookstore is managed by the Southwest Parks and Monuments Association. The store contains publications on the Chamizal, National Park Service, books on subjects of local interest, postcards and posters are also available.

Food/supplies

A variety of stores and restaurants are available in the El Paso/Cuidad Juarez area.

Accessibility

All facilities and events are accessible.

Things To Do

Chamizal Museum
The museum shows the surveying of the International Boundary. On display are maps and original surveying equipment. There is a 12 minute video showing the surveying of the boundary and present day events in the park.

Los Paisanos Gallery
On exhibit is the art work of many local and international artists. We display different media including ceramics, sculptures, etc., as well as traveling museum exhibits.

Indoor Theater
Performing groups use the theater for a variety of performances. We host lectures, poetry readings, musicals, dramas, concerts, plays, dance recitals, training programs, etc. All areas of the performing arts are covered from classical to modern. Each group is responsible for their own ticket sales; some events are free admission. Arts Resources Department of City of El Paso sponsors many performances in the park. The Chamizal sponsors the annual Siglo de Oro Drama festival and the Zarzuela festival which are free to the public.

Amphitheater
Groups use the outdoor stage for a variety of different events. All outdoor events are free and open to the public. Arts Resources Department of City of El Paso sponsors the Music Under the Stars concerts during the summer months. Other events include Earth Day, First Thanksgiving celebration, Fourth of July concert, Grito the Mexican Independence Day, and the Border Folk Festival.

Camping & Lodging

No facilities in the park.

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Nearby Attractions

Resources

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Cities & Towns

  • El Paso, Texas: Location of Memorial.
  • Ciudad Juarez, Mexico: across the Rio Grande.
  • Las Cruces, New Mexico: 44 miles north.
  • Carlsbad, New Mexico: 165 miles northeast.
  • Van Horn, Texas: 122 miles east.

Parks & Monuments

Recreation & Wilderness Areas

  • McKelligon Canyon: Within the city.
  • Sierra Diablo Wildlife Management Area: 130 miles east.

Historic & Points of Interest

  • Americana Museum: 542-4511.
  • Border Patrol Museum: 759-6060.
  • Centennial Museum: 747-5565.
  • El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center: 833-5656.
  • El Paso Mission Tour: 534-0696.
  • El Paso Museum of Art: 541-4040.
  • El Paso Museum of History: 544- 1928.
  • Magoffin Home State Historic Site: 533-5147.
  • Wilderness Park Museum:755-4332.

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