Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Climbing at Hueco Tanks

Hueco Tanks State Park and  Historic Site offers great bouldering opportunities for visitors who plan ahead.  Because this small park also has precious ancient rock art, special care and limited entry to the park is required.

From the park's website, "A unique legacy of lively and fantastic rock paintings greets the visitor at the "tanks." From Archaic hunters and foragers of thousands of years ago to relatively recent Mescalero Apaches, Native Americans have drawn strange mythological designs and human and animal figures on the rocks of the area. The site's notable pictographs also include more than 200 face designs or "masks" left by the prehistoric Jornada Mogollon culture. Hueco Tanks was the site of the last Indian battle in the county. Apaches, Kiowas, and earlier Indian groups camped here and left behind pictographs telling of their adventures. These tanks served as watering places for the Butterfield Overland Mail Route."

To enjoy the park, visit TPWD's website and call the park for more information.

For the protection of natural and cultural resources at the park, visitation is limited. Special reservation and entry restrictions are required at this park. Please contact the park or park information (1-800-792-1112-Option 3) for details.

Photo courtesy, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

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