Hueco Tanks State Historic Site

Hueco Tanks State Historic Site

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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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Claudia10229
Dallas, TX363 contributions
Oct 2021
Make reservations with the Texas State Park process (a phone call). When we made the reservations 9 days in advance, I noticed that guided park hikes are an option for an additional $2.00. What a bargain and we were lucky that there were spots available. Apparently any park ranger activity should be scheduled 7 days in advance and different types are offered (birding, easy hiking, harder hiking).

When we checked in, some people were able to enter the park without reservations and paid at the front gate. But since the tour only took 10 people that was sold out for other people. Ranger Elizabeth was great. She shared lots of information about the rocks, the history and how the area is still very important to Native American tribes. The tour with her was about 2 1/2 hours through sections that only could be seen with a ranger.

We ate lunch in a shaded picnic area close to the rocks. Then we climbed over more rocks and looked at the many areas. Due to recent rains in the area, there was a good size lake within the rocks and plenty of green plants and active birds. We had a wonderful time. We spotted some rock climbers as well and apparently their season starts as the weather gets cooler.
Written October 15, 2021
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Billy K
Livingston, TX177 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Be advised, there is a strict limit on the number of visitors allowed in the park at one time, so plan in advance and reserve when possible. It will help if you’re camping in the park as they hold a number of openings for walk in’s, but you should still get in line at least 10 to 15 minutes before the office opens.

As for the park, we did only one guided hike, which we enjoyed. We also did a self-guided hike, but even though we were camping in the park, we still had to go to the office to get our ‘permission slip.’

Also, just entering the park requires attending an orientation and watching a video.

One other thing that was odd to us. I was walking our dog on the main road to the campground at sunset when a park vehicle came by and the driver told me it was almost 6:00 and I had to get back to my campsite. While I can understand some rules are probably designed to limit looting and vandalism, not being able to walk on a main road seems a bit excessive. Regardless, there’s a lot to see and we’d like to visit again to see some areas we missed this time.
Written January 17, 2020
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postal49740
Boyne City, MI735 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
Recommended by gift shop at Ysleta Mission. Did not disappoint. Recommend tour guide reservations in advance, but can see quite a bit on flat hikes, self-guided. Pictographs are special. Cool to see rock climbers.
Written March 13, 2021
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Sam B
South Carolina319 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
This place is about a 30 min drive from El Paso but well worth it. Ancient pictographs can be seen in caves and overhangs. It's an oasis in the desert. Plenty of trails and hiking and not many people. 11 min intro at ranger station was very informative. Bring plenty of water, a hat and sunscreen. Keep alert for snakes and scorpions. If you visit El Paso, you gotta make time to go.
Written July 5, 2021
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Esther P
Chicago, IL1,328 contributions
Oct 2021
Don’t miss visiting this site if you are anywhere in the area. A guide is a must or all you will see are piles or rocks. The guides know all the crevaces and caves with the best preserved pictoglyphs. Take water with you as it can get hot. Also if you have mobility issues (as I do), take walking sticks. The trail is good, but there are slight scrambles to get closer to the pictoglyphs.
Written October 1, 2021
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Keith B
Alamogordo, NM214 contributions
Mar 2021
Nice "hidden" surprise near a big city. We enjoyed our day hiking and scaling rocks. We're not climbers so didn't do any of the heavy duty stuff but did scramble over several. The Chain Hike is awesome. Great views of the surrounding area and El Paso. Weather was perfect.

Keep in mind you have to get a reservation as only 70 people are allowed in each day.
Written March 26, 2021
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Tomsadtoleave
Steamboat Springs, CO8 contributions
Jan 2021
The male and female rangers at the check in hut on 1/13/21 were rude and demeaning. A simple question got a response from the male that does not belong in customer service. They have a staff of at least 6 people plus two campground hosts to mind 5 campsites. You would think they’re happy, working in such a beautiful place, but they managed to be snotty and prejudiced. Shame on you!
Written January 13, 2021
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MCate51
Saint Louis, MO46 contributions
Jan 2021
We were searching for a place to camp in our RV near El Paso and this came up. It was difficult to book, requiring a phone call instead of ability to do it online, but once you get there, it becomes clear why that is necessary. This place is an archeological treasure that must be protected. You have to have hiking permits, but it is worth the effort. I’m surprised this park is not a National park. The Rangers were all very helpful when they encountered us on the trails, pointing out places to check out. The campground was also very nice and you can walk around in there. We hope to come again some day and see more.
Written March 27, 2021
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H Z
New Rochelle, NY23 contributions
Jan 2020
The park is an environmentally and culturally sensitive site; as a result, much of it is accessible only by guided tour. Sign up in advance by calling the park. We were lucky to be on a tour led by Alex Mares, a long time park ranger and member of the Navajo nation. His knowledge of the area's people, geology and culture is unsurpassed,
Written January 31, 2020
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Yessika26
El Paso, TX8 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
Highly recommend Hueco Tanks. It’s so breathtaking. The history behind it is amazing. I would say this is a place for both beginners as for experienced hikers (rock climbers will enjoy it!) There are plenty of easy hikes. You’ll enjoy some wildlife and amazing views.
Written February 16, 2021
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