Explore the most popular trails in Hueco Tanks State Historical Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 month ago

My first time to this park and I loved it. Awesome rocks!

hiking
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

alot of fun

hiking
3 months ago

We loved this trail. Had to pay 15 to get into the park but there are other trails around you can hike as well.

hiking
off trail
3 months ago

They only allow a certain amount of people in the park at any given time. Therefore, entrance to the park can be delayed and also not guaranteed.

hiking
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Called the "chain trail" because the steeper sections have posts and chains to help preserve balance. It goes about 3/4 up the mountin. I saw a half-dozen climbers up there enjoying the bouldering (?). There are "trails" up there but they are not marked very well. When I couldn't tell I stayed on rocks as much s possible.

hiking
Tuesday, May 01, 2018

fun trail, not leading all the way to the top, but almost. We found a way by going around the rocks and clamber up from the back side.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Heat unique area limited access call them for information

hiking
Saturday, February 17, 2018

It took me about 3 attempts before I finally located the cave. Nice views and great pictographs.

hiking
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Somewhat challenging but not difficult trail. Great views from the top.

hiking
Thursday, December 21, 2017

easy and very scenic trail. You can walk that at a leisurely pace. Lots of wildflowers after the rains and many birds.

hiking
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Great place to free climb but it does cost $7 per person to get into the park and you have to watch a 15 minute video before you are allowed to walk into the park. You can only walk around a third of the park. Guided tours are available and recommended if you want to explore the entire park. It’s $2 per person for a tour and there are three available. Two miles, three miles, or four miles long. Make a reservation early in the morning or the day before.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Really beautiful and amazing

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Amazing!!! This place is definitely a must for anyone who loves hiking and history!!! ❤

hiking
Sunday, March 12, 2017

Not much of an actual hiking trail but good for bouldering and rock climbing. Ensure you call to make reservations since they limit the amount of people allowed in the park. Recommend in the cooler months.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Great park and good hiking. Be aware the loop is closed on the back end as the park has been halved into self guided and guided only sections. This is to help protect the fragile environment as well as the much of the rock art. Several of the rock art sites are in the self guided areas and are well worth the hikes and in some cases climbs.

scenic driving
Friday, December 30, 2016

Came down from new Mexico to do the hike only to find out that the park has limited access and it's best to have a reservation. We could have entered the waiting line of cars, but there was no telling how long the wait would be. We got here at 10:30. The description should say this up front.

hiking
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Nice walk through some desert and mountain scenery. Climbed some of the mountains and had a lot of fun. Age range was from 4 to 40.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Beautiful scenery. Nice easy hike not too far of a drive.

hiking
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Very nice easy trails. Many pictographs and also lots of wildflowers Have hike there numerous times.

fishing
Sunday, August 28, 2016

Visited for the first time yesterday with my boys. Such a fun park to explore! Rangers and volunteers are knowledgeable and friendly and the scenery and rock formations are beautiful. Going back next weekend for the guided cave tour!

hiking
Monday, April 18, 2016

Not a difficult trail, the views are beautiful. We went there one Saturday, they had one little festival and they formed groups with a guide who explained the different areas. It is ideal to visit it with the family. We did two trails, one to the left of the visit center by Chain Trail (2.2 ml) and another to the right near the road around the mountain (2.0 ml). When is not open for the public, you have to call in advance and request permission to visit.

hiking
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Had a great time doing this trail

hiking
Sunday, October 18, 2015

Very nice trail, walking on the rocks and enjoy the beautiful views from the top. This a very nice place to visit with the family, kids will enjoy a lot especially just after the rainy season, you will find water on the rocks,beautiful plants and flowers.

rock climbing
Friday, October 02, 2015

I have been going to Hueco Tanks since childhood- when you could go anywhere. Even though only a portion of the park is open to the public, there is still plenty to do or see. The day can easily be spent exploring all the various huecos & caves or just rock climbing. You get a real sense of history here & despite the amount of people, it is still pretty serene. Lots of birds & squirrels. There is plenty of smooth rock if you're inclined to sprint up to the top & excellent hand & footholds everywhere, so you can sprint to the top or test your climbing abilities. In fact, the park is pretty much solid rock in the middle of the desert. You can also plan outings w/ the rangers to see all the closed off cave art too. With the exception of a few huecos & the picnic areas, there isn't much shade so plan accordingly.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Beautiful and extremely fun. Cooler to go in the early morning so the sun is not so bad.

hiking
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Really like the trail. Must get to the park early since they only allow so many people in a day in order to preserve the park.

hiking
Monday, October 08, 2012

Hiked the chain trail up to the top of the North Mountain. Beautiful scenery. There were a few places where we had to scramble a little, but nothing was very difficult. There are some fantastic spots for bouldering.

hiking
Friday, December 02, 2011

A truly amazing park with spectacular scenery and great bouldering!

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