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Keystone Heritage Park is an archeological site, an archaic wetlands and a botanical garden. The 52-acre (210,000 m2) park in El Paso’s Upper Valley is a City-owned park managed by a volunteer Board of Directors who are charged with preserving and developing the Park.

The archeological site was first discovered in the late 1970s by the Corps of Engineers during the construction of flood control dams. Runoff from a thunderstorm washed away the bank of a shallow arroyo revealing a cut-away of an ancient pitch house. Preliminary research revealed the hut was part of a larger village. Carbon dating indicated the site was 4000+ years old. According to National Geographic Magazine, it may be one of the largest and oldest villages of its kind in the United States.

Keystone Wetlands is home to many species of birds and is a stop on a migratory route for even more. Over 180 species of birds have been spotted there, including five species considered rare by the Audubon Society. These archaic wetlands, protected by Federal Law, depict the wetlands that once lined the Rio Grande.

The Botanical Garden at Keystone is a project adopted by the Junior League of El Paso in the year 2000. In 2003, the Rotary Club of El Paso committed to building Phase Two of the garden. The Garden encompasses features such as a Xeric demonstration garden, a children’s garden, an amphitheater, a moonlight garden, an ethno-botanical garden and more.

Keystone Heritage Park is currently an IRS approved 501(c)(3) organization with a 15-member board of directors composed of community leaders and volunteers.


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