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Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site, El Paso

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  • Called ahead for details about the hiking and to get a reservation for the guided tour, I called about 2 weeks in advance and was able to get on the 2 pm tour. I discussed with the person taking the b...  more »
  • Worth the visit but a pain to get reservations for the guided tour. We had to call three different numbers. They have a self guided tour but limited numbers so one needs to get there early to get in l...  more »
  • Just an easy drive west of the city on Montana Ave., the Carlsbad Road. Great hiking trails and insight in the history and culture of native peoples who used this site as a tank(water source)and as a ...  more »
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  • Hueco Tanks is one of the few parks in El Paso that is not completely dog friendly, and for good reason: the park is also a protected archaeological site. Dogs can stay on paved roads and picnic areas only. Make sure to bring your camera and sense of adventure there’s plenty of interesting rock art and unique formations to admire. Cost to enter the park is $7 and the parking around the main office is pretty sparse, but it’s usually not packed. After you pay your fee, I’d recommend you check out the 'Escontrias House' first, a building that has been on the Hueco Tanks property for a very long time and is now a museum. The free trail is great, but if at all possible, book a guided hike instead. The guided tours are $2 and offer views of areas that are typically not open to the public. It’s also better to visit during the fall, when the heat isn’t as harsh.
  • We originally tried to visit on a Saturday afternoon, but only 70 people are allowed into the self-guided area at a time and 10 people were already ahead of us in the queue. We returned on a Monday afternoon when the park was much less full and got right in. My wife and I spent three hours exploring on our own and taking in the surrounding desert; it was wonderful.
  • Lots of fun but make sure to stop by the front office. I walked right by and didn't know to pay, you don't want to get kicked out! Other than that the park is great, but some parts you need a guide, which costs money too.
  • Historic place to visit with beautiful views. Get out walkabout and enjoy the outdoors.
  • Be sure to make a reservation before you go. They only allow 70 people in at a time for the self-guided area. great park.