Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site

Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site

Named for the natural rock basins that capture desert rainwater, this landscape was and is considered sacred by several Native American groups.Over 2,000 pictographs and petroglyphs chronicle prehistoric residents and centuries of travelers drawn to this oasis of nature and culture.

Sacred Desert Sanctuary

For thousands of years, people have trekked to these rock hills in far west Texas. In earlier times, they came for the rainwater pooled in natural rock basins, or huecos (“whey-coes”). Visitors today marvel at the imagery left by those ancient people.

Things to Do

At Hueco Tanks, you can hike, rock climb, bird watch, study nature and history, picnic and stargaze. Visitors can take guided and self-guided tours to view rock imagery. Visit our Activities page to learn more.

Stop by our interpretive center, in a historic ranch house, to learn about the park and its history. The park store at headquarters sells gifts and other items.

Hueco Tanks is mainly a day-use park. However, we do have 20 campsites.

Access to the park is restricted to protect its fragile resources. Hueco Tanks has guided and self-guided areas; you may only access the guided area on a tour.

  • Self-guided Area:  Seventy people are allowed in the North Mountain area at a time. We reach this limit often on weekends and holidays, and from November through March. To avoid a wait, make reservations before you come. Call (512) 389-8900.
  • Orientation Video:  You must watch our video before you can camp or visit the self-guided area. Return visitors must watch the video once a year.
  • Tours:  Tours must be booked in advance, and depend on guide availability. Call (915) 849-6684.
  • Pets:  Pets can only walk on paved surfaces and on the picnic area trail. They must be on leash. Do not leave pets alone in a vehicle.
  • No Late Check-in:  Campers must arrive at least one hour before the park closes for check-in and orientation.
  • No Campfires:  Fires that produce ash can damage the rock images, so we do not allow charcoal or firewood in the park.

Volunteer Opportunities

We welcome volunteers at Hueco Tanks! Visit the Volunteer page (keyword search on “Hueco”) to find out how you can help.

Ranger Programs

Rangers and volunteers lead pictograph, hiking, birding and rock climbing tours. Advance reservations are required. Tours are $2 per person, age 5 and up, with paid entry to the park.

Area Attractions

El Paso offers museums, parks, art galleries, history, culture and more.

Fort Bliss’ museums focus on post and 1st Armored Division history. Old Fort Bliss showcases military life on the frontier. Visit Texas Mountain Trail Region to learn more about this and other points of interest.

The El Paso Uplands Loop, part of the Great Texas Wildlife Trails, takes you to the best places to see native wildlife in this area.

6900 Hueco Tanks Road No. 1
El Paso, TX 79938

Latitude: 31.917325

Longitude: -106.043785

(915) 857-1135

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900
Reserve by fax

Entrance Fees
  • Adult : $7 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free
Hours

The park is open daily.

October to April:
8 a.m. – 6 p.m
May to September:
Friday through Sunday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Please Note: For the protection of natural and cultural resources at the park, visitation is limited. Special reservation and entry restrictions are in place. Please contact the park for details.

Busy Season

Winter and holiday weekends

Climate

January average temperature: 44.4 degrees. July average temperature: 82.5 degrees. First freeze: mid-November. Last freeze: late March.

National Weather Service forecast for this area
Elevation

Lowest point is 4,500 feet, highest point is 4,800 feet

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