Hidden Hearts scavenger hunt returns

Contest highlights downtown El Paso businesses

EL PASO, Texas - El Paso's Downtown Management District, or the DMD, is bringing back the Valentine season’s Hidden Hearts scavenger hunt starting Tuesday. The contest allows participants to win prizes to downtown restaurants just in time for Valentine’s Day. 

The contest requires participants to find and take selfies with five "papel picado" hearts hidden on business storefronts throughout downtown. Clues to find the hearts point contestants to the five districts of downtown: El Centro District, Las Plazas Arts District, Office District, Government District and Union Plaza.

Clues, listed below, guide participants to the hearts. Once found, a selfie with the heart must be posted on Instagram, Facebook or sent to the DMD in a direct message. The DMD must be tagged (@DowntownElPaso) in a public post to be entered.

El Centro District Clue:

There is no Trick to finding this Heart
On a window where Music is the performing Art
It is next to a House of Ink
And Rock is washed down with a Drink

Las Plazas Arts District Clue:

Look inside where you’ll find Plumes of Smoke
This place, playtime with Poker, will Invoke
Across from a Monument to History
You might find a Cuban and solve this Mystery

Union Plaza District Clue:

Part of the name rhymes with Amen
Indeed, you’ll be praying for more, Again and Again
An Eatery that celebrates a Food created by the Japanese
A dish that elevates a Soup eaten in College with Ease

Office District Clue:

Look for this Shop beside San Jacinto Plaza
El Paso Art, and Tees, and Photos perfect for your Casa
A store that deals in Merchandise, Authentic and Local
If you find it, do not spoil it – be anything but Vocal!

Government District Clue:

Find this Heart at a Bar that is almost as good as drinking at your House
You will find it, as always, right next to the El Paso County Courthouse
A Watering-hole with a little bit of Soul, the jukebox plays everything except maybe Rap
But the company is so good, even if it does, your foot will begin to…

Those who find all five hearts have a chance to win a $100 gift card to one of five downtown restaurants: Tabla, 501 Bistro, Coco Loko, The Park Tavern and Café Central.

The contest ends Feb. 11 and winners will be announced on Feb. 12 via social media and at See more rules by going to the DMD website.