Celebration of Our Mountains in Collaboration with the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) Kicks-off its 13Th Annual Festival of Outdoor Exploration and Discovery

The City Museums and Cultural Affairs Department has joined forces with Celebration of Our Mountains to promote the seven-week adventure-packed festival, which offers residents and visitors opportunities to explore the incredible outdoor treasures of the Paso del Norte Region. Volunteer guides will lead free tours to mountains, canyons, dunes and valleys all within easy driving distance of El Paso. The guides will share their knowledge of these special places and try to inspire appreciation for the magnificent natural environment of the northern Chihuahuan Desert.

Now in its thirteenth year, Celebration of Our Mountains is organized by volunteers, including UTEP and EPCC professors of geology and archaeology, Texas Master Naturalists and others experts in the field. The 2006 calendar will include over 60 events taking place from September 23 to November 5, and features activities for individuals of all ages and abilities.

Celebration of Our Mountains offers participants the opportunity to learn and explore the El Paso region's mountains, valleys and desert through a variety of field trips, driving tours, nature walks, bicycle rides and other activities. All events are either free to the general public or involve a small fee to cover the cost of admission to parks or shared transportation.

Festival dates run through November 5, 2006. The complete Celebration of Our Mountains schedule of events may be found at: www.CelebrationOfOurMountains.org