Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site
Sacred Desert Sanctuary
For thousands of years, people have trekked to these rock hills in far west Texas. In earlier times, they came for the rainwater pooled in natural rock basins, or huecos (“whey-coes”). Visitors today marvel at the imagery left by those ancient people.
Things to Do
At Hueco Tanks, you can hike, rock climb, bird watch, study nature and history, picnic and stargaze. Visitors can take guided and self-guided tours to view rock imagery. Visit our Activities page to learn more.
Stop by our interpretive center, in a historic ranch house, to learn about the park and its history. The park store at headquarters sells gifts and other items.
Hueco Tanks is mainly a day-use park. However, we do have 20 campsites.
Access to the park is restricted to protect its fragile resources. Hueco Tanks has guided and self-guided areas. Explore those by:
- Guided tour: You must book tours a minimum of one week in advance by calling (915) 849-6684.
- Self-guided visit: We issue permits for 70 people to access the North Mountain area each day. To make sure you get in, reserve permits up to 90 days before your visit by calling (512) 389-8911.
To protect our park, please follow these guidelines:
- Orientation Video: You must watch our video before you can camp or visit the self-guided area. Return visitors must watch the video once a year.
- Pets: Pets are only allowed in the campground and on the paved picnic area trail. They are not allowed on any gravel trails or mountains. Pets must be on leash. Do not leave pets alone in a vehicle.
- No Late Check-in: Campers must arrive at least one hour before the park closes for check-in and orientation.
- No Campfires: Fires that produce ash can damage the rock images, so we do not allow charcoal or firewood in the park.
We welcome volunteers at Hueco Tanks! Visit the Volunteer page (keyword search on “Hueco”) to find out how you can help.
Rangers and volunteers lead pictograph, hiking, birding and rock climbing tours. Advance reservations are required. Tours are $2 per person, age 5 and up, with paid entry to the park.
- Visit our Activities page for more information.
- Check the Events page for upcoming tours and programs.
- Ask at headquarters about borrowing a Junior Ranger Explorer Pack for the kids in your group!
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