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Hueco Tanks State Park December Events

Hueco Tanks State Park Officials are inviting everyone to spend their Holiday weekends in the wild with their release of their schedule of events for the month of December.

For more information and reservations, residents can call (915) 857-1135

December 9th| 9 AM | Women’s Only Hike | Max Group of 25
Explore the Site with a female ranger or volunteer and learn more about best hiking practices in the Chihuahuan Desert. This tour is open to women with all levels of experience and offers breathtaking views of El Paso and the surrounding mountains.

Reservations are required.

December 10th| 10:00 AM | Junior Ranger Day: Turkey Vultures! | No Visitor Maximum
Fly on out to Hueco Tanks to learn more about the Turkey Vulture. One of the only birds that can use its sense of smell to find food, they play an important role in the health of our ecosystems.

As “nature’s clean-up crews,” they prevent the spread of diseases and even freshen our air! No reservations are required.

December 17th| 5:30 PM | A Celebration of Winter| No Visitor Maximum
Join us at Hueco Tanks for a celebration of the winter season and its various traditions. Take a walk on our luminaria lit trail, listen to Winter Solstice stories, and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate.

No reservations are required. Gates close promptly at 5:30 pm, no exceptions.

Hueco Tanks State Park Announces November Events

Officials with Hueco Tanks State Park released their schedule of events for the month of November.

From full moon hikes to star gazing and rare plant tours, organizers will keep park visitors busy.  For more information and reservations, residents can call (915) 857-1135

November 4th| 7:30 PM| Full Moon Hikes| Max Group Size Dependent on Hike
Come and explore Hueco Tanks with us in the moonlight. We will be offering four different types of tours that cater to the abilities of everyone. Hikes include family, easy, moderate, and strenuous.

Reservations are required and spots are limited to 10 people per moderate and strenuous hikes and 25 per family and easy hikes.

November 11th| 9:30 AM| Rare Plant Tour | Max Group of 10
Join us on a tour of the rare plant life located at Hueco Tanks SP&HS. See the Comal Snakewood, a member of the Buckthorn family only found at the Site, and learn fascinating facts about Native American uses local plants.

Reservations are required.

November 11th | 9 AM | Women’s Only Hike | Max Group of 25
Explore the Site with a female ranger or volunteer and learn more about best hiking practices in the Chihuahuan Desert. This tour is open to women with all levels of experience and offers breathtaking views of El Paso and the surrounding mountains.

Reservations are required.

November 12th| 10:00 AM | Junior Ranger Day: Yucca-The Desert’s Multi-Tool| No Visitor Maximum
Where do you go to get your clothes, shoes, bowls, paintbrushes, or shampoo? Where do you think Native American groups found these things prior to malls, hardware stores, or salons? Join a ranger in exploring the ways these groups used one simple plant, the Yucca, to survive and thrive in the desert! No reservations are required.

November 16th| 7:00 PM | Star Gazing | Max Group of 100
Join Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site staff for a night of stargazing, stories, and planetary viewing. Visitors are welcome to bring their own binoculars and telescopes, but it is not required.

Groups will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Gates close promptly at 7 pm, no exceptions.

November 18th| 7:30 AM | Birding Tour | Max group of 10
Join our birding guides on a quest to see rare birds at the Site and possibly check some “lifers” off your list. Reservations are required.

November 24th| 11 AM |Turkey Trot Hikes| Max Group Size Dependent on Hike
Trot on out to Hueco Tanks and work off some of that turkey with our Turkey Trot hikes. We will be offering four different types of hikes that cater to the abilities of everyone. Hikes include family, easy, moderate, and strenuous.

Reservations are required and spots are limited to 10 people per moderate and strenuous hikes and 25 per family and easy hikes.

Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site Hosts 23rd Annual Interpretive Fair

With over 10, 000 years of history, Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site is filled with historical and cultural gems left behind by early hunter gatherers and Native Americans.

Residents can experience Hueco Tanks history come to life at the 23rd annual Interpretive Fair Oct. 21-22.

The free, two day event, which runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., will include Native American song and dance demonstrations, cultural presentations and educational tours.

Other planned activities include birding, nature and pictograph tours, living history presenters and folklorico dancers.

The Texas Wildlife Association Foundation is co-hosting the event with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department this year.

Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site is located 32 miles East of downtown El Paso on Highway 62/180. Turn north onto Ranch Road 2775 and continue 8 miles to the site.

For more information about Hueco Tanks, visit the TPWD website.

August Events at Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site

Officials with Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site release their calendar of events for August.

Some events are first come, first served other are limited by group size; for more information on the individual events, call the number associated with each event.

August 12th | 8:30 Am | Rare Plant Tour | Max group of 10

Join us on a tour of the plant life located in Hueco Tanks SP&HS. Check out the Comal Snakewood, a member of the Buckthorn family that can only be found here in Hueco Tanks and nowhere else in the U.S.A! And learn some fun (and potentially gross) facts about native plants and the uses some of the local tribes had for them. Call (915) 857-1135×0 for reservations.
August 12th | 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

August 12th 7 Am | Yoga on the Rocks Tour | Max group of 10

Relax and de-stress with our guide from Blue Lizard Climbing and Yoga, Beth M. and a beautiful morning of yoga at Hueco Tanks. Our yoga tours will go out every month. Spots are limited to ten so reservations are recommended. Call (915) 857-1135×0 for reservations. Bring plenty of water, hiking shoes, weather appropriate clothing, and your own mat.

August 12th | 10:00 Am | Children’s Survival Day | No Max Group

This is a hands-on activity day for children and their families.  We will have multiple stations set up in the park for families to learn about shelter building, rope making, primitive hunting, and more!

August 19th | 7:30 Am | Birding Tour | Max group of 25

Richard 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. To reserve please call: (915) 849 – 6684

August 21st | 10 Am | Hueco Tanks Solar Eclipse Viewing | First come first serve
We will be hosting a solar viewing program this month for people that are interested in checking out the eclipse from outside of the city.

August 24th | 8 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!

State of the Parks Speakers Series set for Saturday

The Greater Big Bend Coalition is sponsoring a new series of free presentations on the state of parks and other protected areas in the Greater Big Bend region of southern New Mexico, West Texas and related lands in northern Mexico.

On Saturday morning, July 15 at 11am at the Northeast Regional Command Center Community Room, Park Superintendent Ruben Ocampo will give a presentation on the State of Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site.

A native El Pasoan, Ocampo has a B.A in Political Science from the University of Texas at El Paso. He previously worked with the City El Paso Parks and Recreation Department where he was the Coordinator for the Department’s Outdoor Recreation Program, The Trailblazers.

Ruben has worked at Hueco Tanks since September 2015. During this time the NHL (National Historic Landmark) process has started and the 29 new pictograph areas have been identified.

The Greater Big Bend Coalition is a conservation organization in El Paso working to help protect the desert lands, rivers, mountains and wildlife of the Greater Big Bend Ecosystem of Texas and northern Mexico.

The region stretches across the US/Mexico Rio Grande border and includes nearly 8000 square miles of protected lands in US National Parks, Texas State Parks and Protected Areas in Mexico.  For more information visit greaterbigbend.org

Hueco Tanks State Park Closes 29 Areas to Preserve New Pictograph Findings

Last March, a survey for additional Native American rock paintings, also known as pictographs, began at Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site. One year later, previously unknown pictographs in 29 locations at the site have been discovered using D-Stretch image enhancement technology.

Using the results of the new D-Stretch images, Hueco Tanks has issued a closing order for the 29 areas where previously unknown pictographs were discovered. These areas will remain closed to recreational activities in order to protect these resources from potential impacts.

 “We are pleased to be in a position to utilize advances in technology to enhance our stewardship of the special resources at Hueco Tanks,” said Brent Leisure, director of Texas State Parks. “This project helped us identify and understand areas of unique sensitivity needing special protection. Safeguarding the irreplaceable cultural resources of Hueco Tanks is a shared desire among stakeholders at this site.”

The action is designed to protect these fragile resources from potential impacts from recreational use and affects a small fraction of the numerous climbing areas. A list of closed climbs has been provided to the guides and to visitors on the North Mountain.

“Climbers come from every corner of the world to experience and connect to the recreational, cultural and natural resources that Hueco Tanks provides,” said Ian Cappelle, chairman of the Climbers of Hueco Tanks Coalition (CHTC). “The new survey and use of the D-Stretch technology provides a definitive accounting of any previously unidentified rock art in conjunction with climbing routes in the park which can be used to educate climbers as to where they are able to climb without harming the cultural resources of the site.”

The majority of the pictographs found are in the Jornada style, named for the prehistoric Jornada Mogollon culture of western Texas, southern New Mexico and northern Mexico. These Native Americans were the first farmers in the region and it is believed that they created these paintings about 550 to 1,000 years ago for use in prayers for rain.

Hueco Tanks is an important asset to the El Paso area as a place to recreate and is a significant cultural resource that reflects at least 10,000 years of area and regional history. Due to its importance to the local community, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has devoted considerable efforts toward the documentation of cultural resources at Hueco Tanks.

Some studies include a comprehensive ground survey for archeological deposits around the base of the mountains and a large rock imagery inventory project. The results of these investigations help state parks staff determine where recreational activities can occur at the site without impacting identified rock imagery.

For more information about Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site, visit the TPWD website.

Hueco Tanks State Park Releases May Schedule of Events

Officials with the Hueco Tanks State Park announced their schedule of events for visitors to the park for the month of May.

For those first-time visitors or those not participating in the events and looking to walk around the park on their own, there is an annual orientation program for visitors.  As a reminder, bicycles permitted only on designated paved areas, pets are allowed only in the campground and picnicking areas, not on the trails

To get to to Hueco Tanks State 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).  Visitor need to follow the road until it ends at the park.

May 10th | 8:00 PM | Full Moon Hikes | First come first serve

Three hikes, of varying difficulties, will be heading out into the moonlit night of Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site.  Hunt for scorpions, watch for rattlesnakes, and see a whole new side of the park! Listen for the calls of the owls, and have a fun time too! Reservations are required, to reserve please call (915) 849 – 6684.

May 13th | 8 Am | Rare Plant Tour | Max group of 10

Join us on a tour of the plant life located in Hueco Tanks SP&HS. Check out the Comal Snakewood, a member of the Buckthorn family that can only be found here in Hueco Tanks and nowhere else in the U.S.A! And learn some fun (and potentially gross) facts about native plants and the uses some of the local tribes had for them. Call (915) 849 – 6684 for reservations.

May 13th | 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

May 20th | 7 Am | Yoga on the Rocks Tour | Max group of 10

Relax and de-stress with our guide from Blue Lizard Climbing and Yoga, Beth M. and a beautiful morning of yoga at Hueco Tanks. Our yoga tours will go out every month. Spots are limited to ten so reservations are recommended. Call (915) 857-1135 for reservations. Bring plenty of water, hiking shoes, weather appropriate clothing, and your own mat.

May 20th | 7:30 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. To reserve please call  (915) 849 – 6684

May 25th | 8 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!

May 27th | Outdoor Fitness Challenge! | 8:00 Am
In celebration of Physical Fitness Month, we are challenging our park visitors to join us in a day of fun, and healthy, physical activities; boulder hopping, cave exploring, hiking tours, and more!  Are you looking for a new trail to hike, or crevices to explore? Well, this is your day at Hueco Tanks.  All activities are first come, first serve.  Check-in time is 7:30 Am, and all events begin at 8 Am on the dot.  So don’t be late!

Hueco Tanks State Park Announces Events for the Month of April

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.

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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