Where to ring in the New Year in the Borderland

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With plenty of events posted on social media, KFOX14 takes a closer look at some public events happening in El Paso and Las Cruces to help ring in 2018.

Fort Bliss has a variety of events open to the public. The Warrior Zone, located at 21171 Medic Avenue, will celebrate New Year’s Eve from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Sunday. The cost is $5 and includes snacks, party favors and a champagne toast. The event is open to members of the public ages 18 and older. For more information, call (915) 741-3000.

Desert Strike Lanes on Fort Bliss will celebrate New Year's Eve with a special event from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday. An all-you-can bowl special starts at 8 p.m. and costs $15, including shoes. There also will be hot dogs and slushies on sale for $1.50 each. The event is an all-ages event and is open to the public. For more information, call (915) 568-6272.

Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces invites the public to ring in the New Year at their annual bash. On Sunday night, the event starts at 7 p.m., with hors d'oeuvres at 10 p.m. and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $40 each. The "take the elevator home" package starts at $189 and includes two tickets and a room. The main ballroom will feature live music, while the Azul Lounge with be hosted by DJs.

Those looking for an early start on Jan. 1 are encouraged to join up with the Franklin Mountains State Park staff for the First Day Hike. The hike will take place along a scenic trail up to Mundy's Gap. Officials say the hike is moderate to difficult, and attendees should meet at the Tom Mays Unit - West Cottonwood Springs trailhead. Also, attendees are asked to bring water, snacks, and sturdy hiking shoes or boots. A hiking stick, camera, binoculars and a map are optional.

For additional information, call (915) 566-6441, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The fee is $5, which covers park entrance for those 13 years old and up. The hike is free for Texas State Park Pass Holders and children 12 and under.

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