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Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site, Texas
Rising red and rocky from the Chihuahuan desert like a mirage, the West, North, and East Mountains dominate Hueco Tanks State Park. The low, stocky rock formations are perfect for wedging hands and Read more...
Rising red and rocky from the Chihuahuan desert like a mirage, the West, North, and East Mountains dominate Hueco Tanks State Park. The low, stocky rock formations are perfect for wedging hands and feet up their sides! Climbers come from all over the world to try their hand at mounting the mountains at Huecos Tanks. If you want to join them, dress for the desert and bring your own gear -- and call ahead. Since this is a sensitive natural area, only a certain number of people are allowed in the park at one time, so get your name on the guest list (at least you don’t have to deal with surly bouncers). There are opportunities for hiking, picnicking, and bird watching too -- just be sure to also watch out for the five different kinds of rattlesnakes found in the park (side note: peeing on a snake bite will not help!). And Hueco Tanks boasts a pretttty wicked art collection -- pictographs and petroglyphs dating back over 1,000 years dot rock walls. Grab a spot on a guided tour to see the really amazing stuff. Not to be outdone, nature puts on a dazzling display, too, when the sun goes down; nothing beats stargazing in the desert at Hueco Tanks.