Hueco Tanks

El Paso, Texas

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About 35 miles east of El Paso. An easy day hike through the jumbled rock masses of Hueco Tanks. Special Attractions: Rock climbing, pictographs. Permit required for camping. Three large masses of rock form what is known as Hueco Tanks. The igneous rock, a syenite porphyry, intruded into layers of older sedimentary rock. Over time, the limestone eroded away, leaving piles of rock 300 feet high as islands in the desert. The park's name comes from the Spanish word for hollow, referring to the depressions, often water-filled, in the rock. The park lies in dry Chihuahuan Desert and receives only about eight inches of rain per year. However, the runoff from the bare rock concentrates in hollows, canyons, and cracks in the rocky islands. The coarse igneous soil in these places holds the moisture, allowing trees such as the Arizona oak and the one-seed juniper to grow in the dry climate. Man first visited Hueco Tanks as far back as 10,000 years ago.
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by Laurence Parent (Falcon Guides)

About 35 miles east of El Paso. An easy day hike through the jumbled rock masses of Hueco Tanks. Special Attractions: Rock climbing, pictographs. Permit required for camping. Three large masses of rock form what is known as Hueco Tanks. The igneous rock, a syenite porphyry, intruded into layers of older sedimentary rock. Over time, the limestone eroded away, leaving piles of rock 300 feet high as islands in the desert. The park's name comes from the Spanish word for hollow, referring to the depressions, often water-filled, in the rock.

The park lies in dry Chihuahuan Desert and receives only about eight inches of rain per year. However, the runoff from the bare rock concentrates in hollows, canyons, and cracks in the rocky islands. The coarse igneous soil in these places holds the moisture, allowing trees such as the Arizona oak and the one-seed juniper to grow in the dry climate. Man first visited Hueco Tanks as far back as 10,000 years ago.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: El Paso
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 290 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Season: Fall through Spring.
Local Contacts: Hueco Tanks State Park 915-857-1135
Local Maps: State Park map, Hueco Tanks USGS
Driving Directions: Directions to Hueco Tanks

Recent Trail Reviews

1/4/2009
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Conducted a guided pictograph tour. The were multiple sites containing pictographs thousands of years old. It took about 4.5 hours and was easy hiking. To gain access to the park in the winter months, reservations must be made.



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May 2018