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El Paso - Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site

6900 Hueco Tanks Road No. 1

Local historians and area residents worked for years to convert Hueco Tanks to a park. In 1957, the legislature approved creation of a state park on the site. But the property owners continued to operate it as a tourist destination. They built on and altered the site, until El Paso County finally bought it in 1965. The county managed the park until 1969, when the state took it over.

Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site opened to the public in May 1970. Since then, the state has carefully added facilities like trails and campsites. It has also studied and inventoried the pictographs, petroglyphs and other historical features.

Today, we limit access to the park’s 860 acres to protect its resources. Enjoy, but do not disturb historical places. If you find an artifact, leave it in place and let park staff know.

Because of its world-renowned body of rock images, the park is designated as a State Archeological Landmark. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Jaqueline Ramos

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Really historic place to visit with friends and/or family. The tour is long depending on the guide. Our guide knew a lot about the history of Hueco Tanks. The tour guide will stop in middle of the hike under the sun to explain some stuff. Bring a hat and wear sunblock. Some easy rock climbing is involved. If you are allergic to bees, let the guide know in advance

Stephanie Hall

Monday, April 9, 2018
This place is marvelous! Love the climbing availability. The volunteers are climbers and hikers and are extraordinarily knowledgeable about the ecosystem. Plan in advance, make reservations and go on a guided tour.

Tyler Smith

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Best bouldering I've ever experienced. The culture and history of the area make it even better. Get a guide -it's worth the cost.

Ian Carroll

Friday, Jan. 19, 2018
Absolutely amazing scenery and a relatively cheap entrance fee. You can park and climb all over the natural rock formations and explore to your hearts content. Perfect place for both amateur and experienced climbers. Highly recommended


Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Love it first time going it was a awesome experience I would highly recommend for anyone if you have kids I’ll say maybe 10 and older since they do need to be careful because all the rocks but I’ll definitely will be coming back 👍🏻

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