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Hueco Tanks Texas State Park
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Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site Information:
The 860.3 acre Hueco Tanks State Park is located in West Texas in a high altitude Chihuahuan Desert basin between the Franklin Mountains to the west, and the Hueco Mountains to the east. The park features three massive granite outcrops, each several hundred feet high. The park gets its name from the natural cisterns, or tanks, in the rock. These cisterns collect rain water that has been available for use by animals and man for centuries. The Hueco Tanks were the site of the last Indian battle in the country, and served as a watering hole for the Butterfield Overland Mail Route. Located near the tanks are pictograph sites, the ruins of a 19th century stagecoach station, and abandoned ranch buildings. The historic ranch house serves as the park’s interpretive center. The parkland was obtained from El Paso County by special deed on June 12, 1969. An additional 121 acres were purchased in August, 1970. The park was opened to the public in May, 1970. Due to the park’s extreme worldwide popularity as a rock climbing site and the park’s growing inability to manage the crowds, the park requires climbers to use volunteer or commercial guides to access over two thirds of the park’s area. Due to the sensitive nature of the environment, the park limits the number of visitors to a total of 230 at any one time. Unguided day visitors are limited to 70. Campsites and professional rock climbing guides are available from the Hueco Rock Ranch located adjacent to the park.The park is open daily, year round. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more information read the Park Brochure and watch the Park Video. From El Paso, go 32 miles northeast on U.S. 62/180, and then take RR 2775 North.
 
Hueco Tanks State Park Pictographs:
Pictographs include those of archaic hunters and foragers dating thousands of years ago and include more than 200 mask paintings of the Jomada Mogollon, an agricultural people, and the more recent drawings of the Mescalero Apache, Kiowas, and other Indian groups. European and Anglo settlers left no pictures, but did write their names and date their signature. The most common colors used in the pictographs at Hueco Tanks are red, black, yellow, and white; sometimes green and blue were used. Pictograph tours are offered May 1-Septt 30th, at 9am and 11am; Oct 1-April 30th, at 9am, 10:30am and 2pm. Tours are available Wednesday through Sunday by request. 
 
Hueco Tanks State Park Directions:
From El Paso, go 32 miles northeast on U.S. 62/180, and then take RR 2775 North.