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With Summer, around the corner El Pasoans look to the nearby Lincoln National Forest for a quick getaway

Euri Giles | Clareifi

As more El Pasoans are registering for and receiving the COVID-19 vaccines, the idea of a return to normal, even it’s a “new normal” is exciting to many.

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With the rest of the world we’ve missed social interactions, and family gatherings. Birthday parties, eating out, baseball games and vacations.

With summer, around the corner some are beginning to plan a summer get away. On the other side of the coin are those who aren’t yet sure if they’re ready to venture that far back into the world. Working from home, or having the kids transitioned to online school, or homeschool has been working out just fine for some.

The trick is finding the balance.

If you’re not yet ready to book a flight to Hawaii, there are plenty of day trip options nearby to El Paso in which you can enjoy a change of pace, and scenery all the while still making it back home in time to sleep in the comfort of your own bed.

A favorite day trip for many El Pasoans is a (depending on which side of town you live on) a short 2-hour drive to Ruidoso, NM.

*Quick facts about Ruidoso — Ruidoso is a village in New Mexico, set in the Sierra Blanca mountain range. The nearby Ski Apache resort offers runs of varying difficulty and a terrain park. To the southwest, Lincoln National Forest has trails and waterfalls. Ruidoso Downs Race Track features summer horse races. Northeast of the village, Lincoln Historic Site has 19th-century adobe and stone buildings, including a store and church, plus a museum. *Source

One of our families favorite spots is located in neighboring Cloudcroft, NM.

Especially during the summer when the temperature here in El Paso can be in the 90s or 100’s — it’s usually about 20 degrees cooler in Cloudcroft.

We’ve been able to enjoy a beautiful hike in “Sleepy grass picnic area” and still be home before dark. Cloudcroft is even closer than Ruidoso and without all the gift shops, and “cool stuff” that Ruidoso offers on it’s highly trafficked Sudderth Dr. Cloudcroft is usually less crowded. Which can be perfect if you're trying to enjoy the outdoors and remain socially distanced.

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Sure there are plenty of great things to do in our city, but if you’re looking to get away to something different the nearby Lincoln National Forest has plenty to offer. From hiking, fishing, camping, birding, or just enjoying the great outdoors.

Whatever type of trip you decide to take, stay safe!

There is still much debate regarding personal choices around receiving the available COVID-19 vaccines, as well as wearing masks and social distancing. All we can do right now is respect one another’s decisions and do our best to keep ourselves safe.

According to the CDC:

*People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States.

If you are fully vaccinated, take the following steps to protect others if you travel:

During Travel

Wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.

Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).

After Travel

Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.

Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

You do NOT need to get tested or self-quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months. You should still follow all other travel recommendations. *Source

Stay safe El Paso!

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