Hueco Tanks State Historical Park Trail

EASY 16 reviews

Hueco Tanks State Historical Park Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near El Paso, Texas that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and camping and is best used from September until March.

3.3 miles
131 feet

kid friendly






wild flowers



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.

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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
3 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

7 months ago

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!

9 months ago

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.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Had a great time doing this trail

Sunday, October 18, 2015

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.

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.

Friday, December 02, 2011

A truly amazing park with spectacular scenery and great bouldering!