Tucked away from the rest of Dona Ana County on the eastern side of the Franklin mountains, the fact that Chaparral, NM exists at all is a testament to human determination. Homesteaders in the early 1900s found life in this dry, arid part of the world difficult -- nevertheless, Chaparral managed to grow into the proud, community-oriented town it is today. These days, Chaparral is best known as a peaceful bedroom community of El Paso -- and of course, as the hometown of former Oakland Raider’s linebacker Siddeeq Shabbazz. You won’t find any vets in town, unfortunately, but you’ll find plenty of clinics to take care good care of your buddy in nearby Santa Teresa, Anthony, and El Paso.
There’s no designated dog park in Chaparral, but you and your pooch can still sniff out some exercise options! Delores C Wright Memorial Park is a lovely spot for a leashed walk, and the town is only a stone’s throw away from some really pawesome state parks. And if your furry friend needs to run free, don’t fret -- Chaparral is less than a half hour’s drive from the big city amenities of El Paso, where you’ll find plenty of opportunities for off-leash adventures!
If your pooch loves hiking, they’ll go wild for a trip to Franklin Mountains State Park! Technically situated within the city limits of El Paso, this 25,000-acre preserve holds the title of the largest urban park in the United States. Thanks to a local microclimate, the area is surprisingly green, and the views over El Paso need to be seen to be believed. Fitter furry friends might enjoy a stretch on the steep main trail, but if you or your buddy find sharp inclines a little "ruff", the Transmountain trail is a lot more forgiving!
Cultured canines might get a kick out of a visit to the Chamizal National Memorial Park. Right on the Mexican border, the monument celebrates the resolution of the Chamizal dispute, an argument over the location of the border that lasted over 100 years. Your pooch won’t be allowed inside the visitors' center, unfortunately, but you two can still check out the monument itself, as well as the artworks spread throughout the park. If your pooch is sick of sitting still, consider walking the park’s Cordova Island Trail, which offers some lovely views of the El Paso international bridge.