Hueco Tanks

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Hueco Tanks State Park Trails Map 68 North Mountain Gate 0' 46 00 Nature ' Trail 0.08 mi. 4600' ' 4600 0.13 ' 50 47 ' 4 ' 00 4780' ' 50 4 0' 475 ' 00 0' 47 0' ' 0 75 455 47 0' 0 46 47 5 0' 4600 LOWER SITE 17 31° 55' 20.934"N 106° 2' 28.762"W An easy trail to Mescalero Apache pictographs and the historic graffiti that damaged them over time. 4 UPPER SITE 17 31° 55' 20.583"N 106° 2' 29.259"W Scramble up the rock to see these well-preserved Jornada Mogollon pictographs. Be careful! The rock can be slick. 5 NORTH MOUNTAIN SUMMIT 31° 55' 17.742"N 106° 2' 51.765"W The highest point on North Mountain at 4820'. Pay close attention to your surroundings, watch your footing, and get ready for spectacular scenery. 6 CAVE KIVA 31° 55' 25.22"N 106° 2' 47.851"W An awe-inspiring rock art site that contains eight Jornada Mogollon masks. A detailed map is available at Headquarters to guide you on your way. 7 LAGUNA PRIETA 31° 55' 29.749"N 106° 2' 46.641"W Mature trees and a seasonal pond make this spot excellent for wildlife viewing and bird watching. You may even see a javelina or an owl! 4550 ' 46 50 ' 4650' ' 1 0.0 0' 465 0.0 3 0' 455 ' 45 50 46 50 ' 00 ' 46 00 ' ' ea Ar 0' 50 465 0' se 47 4600' 4650 46 2 0.0 ' 455 0' 4550' 4650' 455 4750' 45 50 ' 5 46 ' 00 46 4550 tU Pe 0.16 4700' 47 50 ' 4650 ' ' 3 0' 4800' CHAIN TRAILHEAD 31° 55’ 23.977”N 106° 2’ 26.761”W A trail ascending North Mountain to scenic views of El Paso and the surrounding region. 455 2 0.2 46 5 Spur 2 0.04 mi. Pond Trail 0.43 mi. 46 00 ' 46 0 0' 4750' 4600 ' 50 47 2 Site 17 Trail 0.13 mi. 455 ' 4550 4600' 4740' 4750' INTERPRETIVE CENTER 31° 55' 29.328"N 106° 2' 30.006"W Receive site orientation and explore the Escontrias ranch house, which was built in 1896. ea Ar 4780' 0.0 5 3 ' 50 47 2 1 se 0' 0' ' 0 50 0' 46 4 475 4700 ' 4550' ' 50 4500 ' Trails are for hiking only. Pets are allowed in designated areas only. Contour intervals are 10 feet. Trail lengths are in miles. Elevation levels are in feet. Map compiled by Texas State Parks staff. 4750' 47 00 ' 45 50 ' Pictograph 4600 ' ' 00 GUIDED ACCESS ONLY 4750 ' 47 4750' 4700' 0' In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State 4700' 475 No claims are made as to the accuracy of the data nor to its suitability for a particular use. 0.2 Miles (GPS coordinates shown in degrees, minutes, seconds) tU Pe 4 0.1 Chain Trail 0.14 mi. 480 ' Campground Gate 0.1 0' 0.04 50 1,000 Feet POINTS OF INTEREST 3 0.0 North Mountain Spur 3 0.03 mi. 4550' 6 1 0. 08 4600' 4700' 47 0 ' 4550' 465 4600' 0 4600 ' Laguna Prieta Trail 0.15 mi. 00 ' 4550' 46 46 ' 00 45 7 4550 0.36 Picnic Area Trail 0.04 00mi. ' ' 0.13 ' 4550' 4500' 0.21 4550' 4550' 0' 455 4550 4600' 0' 0.1 3 ' 50 0.02 04 0. 50 455 Headquarters Park Store Interpretive Center Restroom Showers Parking Day Use Amphitheater North Campsites with Water Mountain & Electricity Spur 1 Campsites with Water 0.04 mi. Dump Station Private Residence Ruins Pictograph North Dam Mountain 0.04 Park Boundary 450 North Mountain Trail 0.9 mi. LEGEND 0.04 45 45 6900 Hueco Tanks Road No. 1 El Paso, TX 79938 (915) 857-1135 www.texasstateparks.org Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. © 2018 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department PWD MP P4501-0095N (7/18) 0' 0' 5 46 TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TDD) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. 4700' 4500 ' 465 Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Hueco Tanks State Park Hike through history amidst our spectacular geologic features. People have been drawn to these sacred rocks for thousands of years. Rock basins, called huecos, provide water for wildlife ranging from white-tailed deer to fairy shrimp. Pictographs on the granite-like walls tell stories of the past. Help preserve these stories for future generations and maintain a clean environment for wildlife. STAYING SAFE KNOW YOUR LIMITS. Prepare for sun and heat. Wear sunscreen, insect repellent and appropriate clothing/hiking shoes. TRAIL DISTANCE TIME DIFFICULTY DESCRIPTION NORTH MOUNTAIN TRAIL 0.9 mi. (one way) 45 min. Easy Begin at the Interpretive Center to explore the towering, breathtaking cliffs of North Mountain. LAGUNA PRIETA TRAIL 0.15 mi. (one way) 15 min. Easy This easy, short walk through a small canyon begins behind the restroom. It features desert willows and a seasonal pond, making it a true oasis in the desert. NATURE TRAIL 0.08 mi. 10 min. (round trip) Easy Stroll around the Interpretive Center and enjoy the claret cup cactus, mesquite trees, and chamisa along the trail. View Jornanda Mogollon and Desert Archaic pictographs on the rock walls nearby. POND TRAIL 0.43 mi. (one way) 30 min. Easy Start at the Interpretive Center to take a walk through time to see the park’s unique geological formations and historic rock art. SITE 17 TRAIL 0.13 mi. (one way) 15 min. Easy to Moderate From the Pond Trail, follow this short, easy trail to a well-known Mescalero Apache rock art site partially covered in historic grafitti. CHAIN TRAIL 0.14 mi. (one way) 45 min. Moderate to Strenuous Follow the chains to spectacular views on this short, strenuous trail that starts at the Pond Trail and ascends North Mountain. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. Your body quickly loses fluids when you’re on the trail. Bring a quart of water per hour of activity. TELL OTHERS WHERE YOU’LL BE. If possible, avoid exploring alone. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. TRAIL ETIQUETTE YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CONNECT. It’s a good idea to take along a cell phone and GPS unit, but don’t count on them. PROTECT THE PARK. Do not touch any rock art or step in huecos. Protect the park’s stories and wildlife. Trash your trash. Pack out all of your trash and Leave No Trace. Canyon Wren Leave feeding to nature. Feeding wild animals will make them sick and more likely to cause harm to people. Don’t Pocket the Past. Help preserve Texas heritage. Leave artifacts where you find them and report their location to a ranger. Take only memories and pictures. Help preserve nature. Leave all plants and animals in the park. FOR EMERGENCIES, PLEASE CALL 9-1-1. For information on Texas State Parks, visit www.texasstateparks.org Keep pets on leashes to keep them safe, while protecting wildlife. Sign up today for free email updates: texasstateparks.org/email /texasparksandwildlife @TPWDparks #TxStateParks Sponsor: Whole Earth Provision Co.

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