Ojinaga was founded around the year 1200 by Pueblo Indians. In 1535 it was visited by Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca with a party of four, the survivors of the 1528 shipwreck of a failed mission to explore Florida. It was later the site of the Battle of Ojinaga, as Pancho Villa was being chased all over the region during the Mexican Revolution.
- Mexico Highway 16 connects the city to Chihuahua.
- The border crossing connects the town with Presidio, in the Trans-Pecos region of Texas.
Most places of interest are located within a block or two of the central plaza.
- Manuel Ojinaga Museum. Hosts artifacts from the Mexican Revolution, Indian items, locally found fossils.
- Norteño bands - Many famous norteño musicians are from here, and Ojinaga has its own unique style, adding saxophones to the accordion-heavy mix.
- Fausto's Art Gallery, Calle Juarez, 626. 453 0505. Artwork by regional artists, southwest furniture, and local Indian handicrafts.
- La Poblana, Calle Juarez, in front of Fausto's Gallery. Home-style Mexican cooking popular with the working class.
- Los Comales, Calle Zaragoza, a block off the main square. Surprisingly good seafood, given the city's location.
- Sanborn's, 453 1224. A favorite with locals of Ojinaga and Presidio. Try the chile verde con carne. No credit cards accepted.
- Tortas Raúl, 453 1544. Mexican sandwiches, burritos, and other light meals. Good for lunch.
- Hotel Armendariz, ☏ .
- 1 Hotel Cañon del Peguis, Blvd. Libre Comercio 1501, ☏ . A more upscale hotel with doubles from 644 pesos.
- Peguis Canyon, 40 km (25 miles) down highway 16, is a 1200 m (4000-foot) canyon, one of the most impressive sights of the Big Bend Region.
|Routes through Ojinaga|
|Chihuahua ← Aldama ←||W E||→ → becomes → Presidio|