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Hueco Tanks State Park Announces February Events, Photo Contest

Hueco Tanks State Park has scores of events scheduled for February: hikes, bird watching, star gazing and even a couple of talks on Buffalo Soldiers.

To get to the park, 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.

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.

February 1st – 13th | Romance on the Rocks Photo Contest

Do you and your special someone love Hueco Tanks? Show us how much in our Romance on the Rocks photo contest!

Snap a picture of you and your sweetie at Hueco Tanks between February 1st and February 13th, then post it to the park facebook page. You can also share it to our instagram account with #HuecoTanks.

On Valentine’s Day we will choose the top pictures and post them to an album on the park page and allow you to vote on the winners.

The photo with the most “likes” will win a special souvenir from the park!

February 4th | 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 first starting to hike, 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

February 18th | 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

hueco star gazingFebruary 23rd | 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!

February 25th | 8 Am | Buffalo Soldier Remembrance Day | All-day event!

To celebrate Black History Month, Hueco Tanks is celebrating the life and times of the Buffalo Soldiers. Over the course of the day we will have activity booths for families to attend that focus on what life was like during that time period.

Learn how to fish with a bamboo rod, practice your trap ball swing, and be sure to pack all of the essential supplies for camping!

There will also be a special presentation by Ranger Moore talking about Cathay Williams, lady who disguised herself as a man in order to join the ranks of the Buffalo Soldiers!

*** No reservations required for this event. Cost is $9 for adults (ages 13+), and $2 for children (ages 5-12). ***

February 25th | 3 Pm | The Untold Story of Cathay Williams – A Female Buffalo Soldier!

A special break-out session that focuses on the life of the only female buffalo soldier!

Freed slave Cathay Williams lived and served as a man for two years with the 38th regiment of the US black Calvary (Buffalo Soldiers). Hear Her largely untold story of courage and perseverance and learn more about the African-American women and Soldiers in the 19th century American West.

This talk is part of our Buffalo Soldier Remembrance Day, and maximum capacity for the talk is 25 people. No reservations are needed. Cost is $9 for adults (ages 13 and over), $2 for children (ages 5-12).

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