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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.


Mike Howlett

Saturday, June 9, 2018
What a wonderful place to visit, especially if you like good hiking! While we arrived a bit later than we wanted, we still had time to hike up the north rocks and see multiple pictographs on the rocks. The history of this place's use is really new too. Great stop if you're in the area or driving east-west!

Drew Dittmer

Sunday, July 8, 2018
This is a must do Texas State Park. The historic and cultural significance of this place is palpable. The views are excellent and the hiking is accessible. My wife and I took our 2 year old daughter and she had a wonderful time watching the rabbits hop down the trails.

GL 5 Reviews

Saturday, May 12, 2018
First time there with the kids, had a blast. They have a great initiative to preserve the park and its history. Would recommend going early in the morning to guarantee a spot or calling ahead. Not for kids under 5 yrs of age. Over all beautiful view, great history and lots of wild life to see.

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

Jeffery Palmer

Sunday, June 10, 2018
Beautiful place. Only a short drive out of El Paso. I went there 22 years ago and it’s not the same now. Back then there were no controlled access points nor any bathrooms. Now it costs $7 per person to get in but there is some information that you get and there are bathrooms now. The north mountain section is self guided but the rest requires a guide. Guided tours only happen at 9 am and 11 am so time your trip accordingly.

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