In honor of Astronomy Month, Hueco Tanks will be hosting three stargazing/night sky programs over the course of April, in addition to the regularly-scheduled events.
For new visitors, there is an annual orientation program for visitors not participating in the events and looking to walk around the park on their own. Bicycles permitted only on designated paved areas. Pets allowed only in the campground and picnicking areas, not on the trails.
To get to Hueco Tanks, take Montana Avenue (U.S. Highway 62-180) all the way into the Hueco Mountains then turn left on Ranch Road 2775 (where the UFO building is). Follow the road until it ends at the park.
April 7th | 7:00 PM | Night Sky Photography & Stargazing | First come first serve
This program will focus on capturing the beauty of the Night Time sky over Hueco Tanks. Bring your cameras, telescopes, binoculars, and best techniques as we discuss and share methods of taking pictures of the night sky. This event will be on a first come, first serve basis. So be sure to arrive early to the park!
April 8th | 9 Am | Women’s Only Hike | Max group of 25
This event is for women who are not normally comfortable with the outdoors. Join one of the female staff, or volunteers, as she discusses some of the common mistakes people make when they first start hiking, and experience some of the beauty of the Chihuahuan Red Sands Desert in the early morning. Reservations are required. To reserve please call: (915) 849 – 6684
April 15th | 8 Am | Birding Tour | Max group of 25
Richarch Hermosillo, one of the leading amateur ornithologists of our region, takes a band of early morning birders out to try and check some “lifers” off of their lists. Binoculars, water, snacks, and sunscreen are recommended for this tour. Reservations are required. To reserve please call: (915) 849 – 6684
April 21st | 7 Pm | Lyrid Meteor Shower Party | First come first serve
Come on out to the park for a natural fireworks show, as we watch the meteor shower over the dark skies of Hueco Tanks. Visitors are welcome to bring their own binoculars and telescopes, but not required. This event will be on a first come, first serve basis. So be sure to arrive early to the park!
April 27th | 7 Pm | Hueco Tanks Stargazing | First come first serve
Join Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site staff on an awesome night of stargazing, stories, and planetary viewing. Visitors are welcome to bring their own binoculars and telescopes, but not required. This event will be on a first come, first serve basis. So be sure to arrive early to the park!
April 29th | The Escontrias Family Legacy | 10:00 Am
Have you ever wondered what it would have been like growing up in the Wild West of El Paso? Where would our water come from? How did you keep your food from rotting? Come on out to Hueco Tanks and meet Irma Sanchez-Escontrias, a descendant of Silvario & Pilar Escontrias. Silvario and Pilar owned and ranched the property that would eventually become Hueco Tanks, and were influential members of the El Paso community.