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Hueco Tanks State Historic Site
Visitor Information

Hueco Tanks State Historic Site is a place unlike any other in the world. Its unique geology

includes the huecos (hollows in the rock) which catch and store rain water. This water gives life

to the plants and animals in the woodland, grassland and aquatic environments of Hueco

Tanks, making the site an oasis in the desert. Added to this are more than 2,000 Native

American rock paintings, each one a priceless and irreplaceable testimony to Hueco Tanks

importance to the people of the past and present.


The mission of Hueco Tanks State Historic Site is to protect, restore and interpret its unique

natural and cultural features. Through interpretation, we will facilitate an appreciation of the

irreplaceable quality of the site and an understanding of the diverse meanings it holds for

individuals and cultures. In this way, we will inspire advocates and stewards for the

conservation of Hueco Tanks and other like national treasures.


WINTER SEASON (October 1 - April 30):          SUMMER SEASON (May 1 - September 30)

8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday-Sunday              8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday- Thursday
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Friday - Sunda+y


Adults (age 13 and above)   ——————————————————————————$4.00

Children (age 12 and under)       ————————————————————————FREE

Persons who turned 65 on or after Sept. 1, 1995 (TX residents)             ———————$2.00

(Non-residents)     —————————$4.00

Persons who turned 65 before Sept. 1, 1995 and

veterans with at least 60 disability (TX residents and non-residents)    —FREE

TX State Park Annual Passes accepted for holder and up to 1 5 passengers in the same non-

commercial vehicle- subject to day-use area availability. Commercial tours: passes apply to

holder only.

GROUP RATES available for educational tours. Call site office for more information.


Educational tours, hiking, birding. picnicking, rock climbing and camping.

A PARENT PERMISSION RELEASE FORM is required for bouldering and rock-climbing by visitors

1 7 and younger who are not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

BICYCLES are permitted on designated paved roads only.

DOGS are allowed in the picnic area, campground, and main parking areas ONLY. They must be

on a leash, under control of the owners at all times. Pets may not be left unattended in vehicles.

No pets in the backcountry or on tours. Owners are expected to clean up after their pets.

NOT ALLOWED: Charcoal or wood fires, public consumption of alcohol.


North Mountain - open for day-use by visitors, no guide required.

* Registration includes a 20-minute orientation, renewable on an annual basis.

* Up to 70 visitors may be in North Mountain area at one time. Reservations and walk-ins

accepted until the limit is reached. Visitors are asked to check out before leaving.

* Closures of specific areas on North Mountain must be observed.

Picnicking -10 tables with shelters are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

* Reservations for North Mountain are recommended. Walk-ins are accepted if 70-person

limit in the self-guided area has not been reached.

* Cooking must be with containerized fuel (camp stoves and gas grills) only. Wood

or charcoal fires are not allowed.

West Mountain, East Mountain and East Spur are accessed by guide only. Tours are by prior arrangement, subject to guide availability. For more information, please call the site office at 915-849-6684. Tours available include:

•  Educational tours to Native American pictograph sites (also covering the prehistory,

history, geology, plants and animals of the area)

Wed. - Sun.                     9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. (summer)

(no tours Mon.- Tues.)      10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (winter)

• Rock-climbing/Bouldering tours

•  Hiking Tours

Wed. - Sun.              9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. (summer)

(no tours Mon.- Tues.)      9:00, 9:30, 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 pm (winter)

• Birding tours are scheduled for the third Sunday of every month at the following

times:      7:00 a.m. (summer), 8:00 a.m. (winter)

* Trained volunteer and commercial guides assist the staff by providing tours. Please

call the site headquarters for more information or to find out how to become a guide.

* size for an educational tour - 25 persons

Max. group size for a recreational tour - 10 persons

Max. of 8 guided groups or 160 persons total are allowed in the guided area at one time.


Please call in advance to confirm that camping is available on the day(s) you'd like to stay.

Campers should arrive to register by one hour prior to closing.

*   Sites for tents and RVs are available. Prices (in addition to entrance fee):

$12.00- water only

$14.00 - water and 30-amp electric

$16.00 - water and 50-amp electric

*   Maximum of 6 people per site. A campsite may be reserved for max. of 3 consecutive days.

Containerized fuel only (no firewood or charcoal). Tents must be placed on tent pads. .

Quiet time 10 pm-6 am, check-out time 2 pm.

Campers are asked not to exit the site after closing hours except in case of emergency.


* For advance reservations (24 hours or more in advance) for self-guided North Mountain

access, please call the Austin Customer Contact Center at 512-389-8900. Fees

must be paid in advance, and will be applied to site entrance fee on the day of arrival.

* For next-day reservations for North Mountain, camping or tours, please call the site

reservation line: 91 5-849-6684, Mon. - Fri., 8 am - 5 pm. Fees for camping and North

Mountain must be paid in advance, and will be applied to entrance fee on the day of arrival.

* No tour or facility can be reserved for more than 3 consecutive days. If multiple future

reservations are made by an individual or group and they fail to give notice of a cancellation,

remaining reservations will also be canceled.

*  In addition to regulations listed here, visitors must also comply with all applicable state

and federal laws, including Texas State Park Regulations and the Texas Antiquities Code.

CALL: (915) 849-6684
EL PASO, TX. 79938