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Hueco Tanks Hiking and Petroglyphs Tours- All day event- $11 for both tours

Hueco Tanks is a Tx State Park on the east side of El Paso. The only way to gain access to most of the park is to take a guided tour. I have reserved 10 spots (max) on a hiking tour starting at 10 am on Sat, March 29th and 10 spots on a petroglyphs tour starting at 2 pm. Each tour cost $2 ($7 includes entrance to the park), for a total of $11 (paid on arrival at park).  Each tour lasts 2-3 hours. According to the personnel at the State Park the hiking tour can be between 2-4 miles, dependent on the group and the amount of time. The petroglyphs tour is shorter, as there is more time spent discussing the area, history, and petroglyphs. We may or may not have time have to sit down and eat lunch, so a lunch that can be eating while hiking would be good. 

If you RSVP YES, please make sure you are actually planning on attending, as we need to have 10 people on each tour to use all the reserved spots. If you have to cancel, please do in plenty of time for someone else to take your place (not at 7:00 am on Sat morning). 

DISTANCE: is variable depending on what the guide decides to do. Please plan between 2 and 6 mi.

ELEVATION GAIN: is variable.

FEES: $7 park entry and $2 per tour for a total of $11. (entrance for children 12 and under is free, but still have to pay $2 per tour) Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas! (round trip mileage is ~150 miles)

BRING: Water, hat, sunscreen, camera, money for fees, lunch to eat on the trail, backpack (they recommend having hands free for scrambling on rocks). 

DURATION: back in Las Cruces around 5:30 or 6pm. 

PET FRIENDLY? No. Pets are not allowed on the guided tours.

SKILL LEVEL: should be beginner friendly, but will be guided by park personnel, so please let the leader know if you are a beginner. 

TERRAIN: some level paths, but will entail some rock scrambling and off trail sections.  

WEATHER: TBA

AFTERWARDS: TBA. probably nothing as it will have already been a long day. 

More info: 

https://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/hueco-tanks/activities

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/park_maps/pwd_mp_p4501_095c.pdf

MEET for carpool at:

• Las Cruces: 7:30 am, in parking lot of Milagro Coffee at Pan Am Plaza. Open at 6:30 am on the weekends, the coffee, breakfast burritos, and bagels (fresh on the weekends) are all good here. GPS:Google MapsOpenStreetMap,USGS topo map


If coming from EP meet at Hueco Tanks entrance center at 9:30, there is a short video to watch before going on tours. Please list in comments if you are planning on meeting the group at the entrance center of Hueco Tanks.

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  • Joe

    Wonderful hike with a wonderful group of people. Raena thanx for organizing.

    March 31, 2014

  • Sheryl H.

    Really a good experience. We had fun. Wished you could have stayed Raena.

    March 30, 2014

  • Darlene

    So much fun with an amazing group of people.

    March 30, 2014

  • Charles B.

    A very good hike but my back started hurting and couldn't do the petro tour. Old age strikes again

    March 29, 2014

    • Darlene

      Charles, I think you did awesome! I hope you had fun. Nice meeting you. :)

      1 · March 30, 2014

  • Raena

    Thanks everyone for being early. Sorry I was not up to the hike today. (Worked too hard at gym on Thurs and had muscle cramps). Please let me know how the day went, and if you think it would be worth trying to do again.

    March 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My apologies, I didn't see the email that I was confirmed until this morning.

    March 29, 2014

  • Sheryl H.

    Wow so sorry for you Stephen. On a lighter note, there is a great greek restaurant behind Casa Ford, if we have time for a stop.

    March 28, 2014

  • Stephen (Steve) A.

    Thanks for bringing me a board, but, unfortunately, I will not be able to go. Food poisoning – vomiting and diarrhea!! Now I know there is not a God. If there were, She would take mercy on me and let me die!! My daughter, Michelle Armstrong Partida, who is waitlisted, also will not be able to go. Bless her heart, she will not leave the old man while he is in such misery.

    March 28, 2014

    • Raena

      Sorry you can't make. Hope you feel better soon and see you on a trip soon.

      March 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not able to make this one but hope to attend another one if there is another opportunity. Have fun everyone!

    March 28, 2014

  • Darlene

    I'll see you at the entrance center.

    March 27, 2014

  • Raena

    If any questions/comments please call/text me at[masked] 1117. See y'all Sat morning. We should have enough time to have sit down lunch from 1-2, but please make sure you bring snacks and water for the hike.

    March 27, 2014

  • Carol

    Joe, I'm in! Where and what time?

    March 25, 2014

    • Carol

      The hobby lobby next to walmart (up the little hill)isn't as crazy parking wise as walmart. How about there?

      March 25, 2014

    • Joe

      Hobby Lobby it is.

      March 26, 2014

  • Joe

    El Paso people, anyone want to carpool from the east side.

    March 23, 2014

  • Carol

    See you all at 9:30 at the entrance center.

    March 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope there is a spot available

    March 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will it be okay to bring my camera?

    March 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am from El Paso so I will meet you all there at 9:30a. I am excited and really looking forward to attending.

    March 22, 2014

  • Joe

    See ya at the park entrance.

    March 21, 2014

  • John

    I will meet the group at the entrance.

    March 20, 2014

  • Sheryl H.

    Thanks Raena for getting this together, believe it or not, I have never been to Hueco Tanks, but have heard a lot about it, looking forward to it.

    March 20, 2014

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