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Hueco Tanks State Historic Site

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Address: 6900 Hueco Tanks Road No 1, El Paso, TX 79938
Phone Number: 915-857-1135
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Activities: Camping, Rock climbing, Hiking
Description: Spanning more than 860 acres, this park is named for the large rock basins...
Spanning more than 860 acres, this park is named for the large rock basins or "huecos" that have supplied water to this desert-like region for many centuries.
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If you are into free climbing you're going to love Hueco Tanks! Arrive early because the park is controlled and only allows a certain amount of people in the park at a time. I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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El Paso, Texas
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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

If you are into free climbing you're going to love Hueco Tanks! Arrive early because the park is controlled and only allows a certain amount of people in the park at a time. I also recommend a ranger guided tour to see some cave art and learn about the indigenous people who have inhabited the area for thousands of years!... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

One of the most diversely beautiful archeological sites I've ever seen in my life in the states. There is not enough time in the day to see everything I wanted to see. I have horrible joints but was still totally able to wander and pace myself though the front sections. The ancient art and drawings where simply stunning really no... More 

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South Plainfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I'm always cautious in the desert....hiking here was worth the 45 minute drive from El Paso. Bring water.

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El Paso, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

It's a little of a process to enter the park as you have to sign in and watch a video to receive an access card, but they take conservation seriously here and it's worth the effort. The park is easy to get to right outside El Paso. The majority of hikes are short and easy, trails are extremely well maintained.... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Hueco Tanks is too and simple for someone wanting to really go for a good hike. Other than the obvious huge rocks there, there is nothing but cactus and dessert. Not my idea of a pleasant scenery while hiking. I did not enjoy this, not to mention the heat!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This place is an absolutely amazing thing to see - very worth your time. It is home to thousands of years worth of petroglyphs. I went twice, and didn't get to see all of them. The staff is especially helpful. I suggest telling the ranger you will talk to during the intro video what you would like to see, and... More 

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Martins Creek, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Use to live here in the '80 but never visited. Wish I had of, getting to old to walk the trails. Walked though for about an hour and had to turn back because of the heat and I had drink all my water. Definitely visit this when you are young. Still had a good time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

As a family with a 15, 17, 18 year old we always end up here. We camped here for the first time 6years ago and felt in love with the formation of the rocks, land and view! The history is amazing and rangers do a great job of keeping the land intact. A must see for yourself!

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El Paso, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Not much to see at this place... Lots of walking under a lot of sun and almost no shade - come prepared with sunscreen and hats. Kids got bored soon...

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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The only problem now thanks to uncaring folk is that it takes a reservation to get in. But the natural rock and the history of this place is outstanding. It is a great local attraction and well worth the visit even it is more difficult now to get in.

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