In the eastern most portion of El Paso County is Horizon City, a community of just under 20,000 people that’s bit of ways away from the hustle of El Paso. The city, which has a plethora of new construction homes at reasonable costs, is a destination for military families and scholars alike. El Paso Community College’s Mission del Paso campus, located just 11 miles away, is Horizon City’s closest institution of higher education.
Located at the Mission Del Paso campus is the EPCC Law Enforcement Training Academy, which provides security and law enforcement training to the El Paso area and West Texas region at large. The Academy sports a public firing range, firearms and non-lethal weapons training. For the youth in Horizon City interested in a career in law enforcement, there is the police explorer program established by the Horizon City Police Department. First established in 2006 for youth members ages 14-21, the program was transformed in 2014 to include a club for youth members in 6th grade and up, through age 13. Explorers contribute to community improvement projects and observe the operation of the agency in the process of its duty to serve and protect. Through the program, Explorers gain a better understanding of municipal government and Texas Laws. Service organizations in Horizon City include The Kiwanis Club, The Lion’s Club, American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
During the summer months May through August, locals cool off at a splash park located in the city’s Golden Eagle Park next to Frank Macias Elementary. The tight-knit community of Horizon City also gathers in the summer for Free Movies in the Park, a weekly event in which movies are shown on Saturday nights at sunset on the practice baseball field at the Corcoran “Corky” Park on Rodman Street.
Horizon City residents have a few options for their news. Located in the city is The West Texas County Courier, an establishedweekly newspaper of 44 years that covers Anthony, Vinton, Canutillo, East Montana, Horizon, Socorro, Clint, Fabens, San Elizario and Tornillo. The newspaper, which is free of charge, can be found at most local convenience stores and Horizon City Town Hall.