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In preparation of the sloth and eating of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the 1000 Steps Trail in downtown El Paso would be a great way to preemptively burn off the calories and get a nice view.
Short (4 mi roundtrip), perhaps +2 mi for the Ridge Trail.
Supposedly not particularly difficult or technical (though, I've not done it to really say)
Very strenuous. It climbs over 2000 feet from West El Paso to Ranger Peak
Once at the top, you can either hike back down, hike a short 2 mi Ridge Trail (which I'd like to do), or take the tram down to East El Paso, though you'd have to figure out how to get back to the West Side.
Las Cruces: 8 a.m. at Pan Am Plaza near Milagro's (fresh green chile bagels!).
El Paso: 9 a.m. at the trailhead, at the north end of North Stanton Street in West El Paso (near Mesa St/Executive Center Blvd). I'm not exactly sure where the trailhead is, but please park along the street at end of North Stanton (map) (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Canterbury+Dr.+%26+N.+Stanton+St.+in+El+Paso,+TX&sll=31.807689,-106.500113&sspn=0.01457,0.027874&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=N+Stanton+St+%26+Canterbury+Dr,+El+Paso,+Texas+79912&ll=31.807707,-106.500134&spn=0.02914,0.055747&z=15).
Please mention whether you'll meet in LC or ELP, and whether you'd like to carpool.
More information at LocalHikes (http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/FMSP_1000_Steps_Trail_2320.asp) and SummitPost (http://www.summitpost.org/ranger-peak/457590). On OpenStreetMap is a rough outline (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=31.80566&lon=-106.49003&zoom=16&layers=C&way=90964669) of the trail.