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Rock Climbing and Bouldering

Known for its world-renowned rock climbing at Hueco Tanks, El Paso offers a few other worthy sites sure to challenge those of all levels.

Hueco Tanks
Hueco Tanks
6900 Hueco Tanks Rd.
915-857-1135 

Challenge yourself with a world class bouldering site, popular with many across the world, at one of the most historic sites in Texas. Just a 45-minute drive east from downtown El Paso, Hueco Tanks, one of the most historical sites in Texas, because of its pictographs and its use as a stagecoach stop along the old Butterfield Trail, is a haven for rock climbers from around the world. Climbing, hiking, rock art, and birding tours are held regularly. Bouldering does not require a rope or safety net, simply problem solving skills and stamina. The North Mountain is perfect however can get very full, hence the need for reservations. Other mountains are forbidden without a guide. You do have the option of getting a guide from Rock Ranch. It is a $20.00 fee, but well worth it. If you choose to use a Rock Ranch guide you do not have to pay the $5.00 entry fee. Camping is available. Access is limited to control crowd size, and reservations are strongly recommended even for daytime visits.

Fee: $5 per day, per person 13 and older 12 and under are Free Hours: Winter (October 1st through April 30th): 8.00 am – 6.00 pm Summer (May 1st through September 30): 7:00 am – 7:00 pm (Fri-Sun); 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (Mon-Thurs) Bouldering and Hiking Tours: Wednesdays-Sundays by advance request 9:00am and 11:00am during the summer (May 1 – September 30) 9:00am, 9:30am, 10:00am and 2:00pm during the winter (October 1 – April 30th)

Directions/Description: Off I-10, exit Airway and make a right on Montana Ave. You will travel down Montana for 38 miles. Keep an eye out for the white space craft building and make a left on Hueco Tanks Road. Go down this road for about 7 miles, the state park is going to be on your left.

McKelligon Canyon
McKelligon Canyon
1331 McKelligon Canyon
915-566-6441 

These desert canyon walls make for great climbing on the south eastern side of the Franklin Mountains. Nestled on the south eastern side of the Franklin Mountains and surrounded by desert canyon walls, McKelligon Canyon is a popular destination known for its rock climbing, hiking, running, walking and biking. Visitors have a variety of rock climbing routes to choose from and the symmetric terrain is filled with crevices and cracks. All hiking trails including the Ron Coleman Trail begin at the end of McKelligon Canyon and are open year round. Please note, McKelligon Canyon is part of the Franklin Mountains State Park and therefore is subject to fees and restrictions from the Texas parks and Wildlife Department.

Fee: Adults 13 and older $4 per day Children under 13 are free Group Adult entrance fee per person $1

Hours: The park gate is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for the first Saturday in April to the third Sunday in September, when the Tom Mays Unit is open from 6:30 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays only.

Directions/Description: From the Junction of US-54 and I-10, you will take US-54 to the Fred Wilson exit. You will turn left (west) on Fred Wilson and proceed up the hill and around the left bend to the McKelligon Canyon Rd. entrance. You will turn right into McKelligon Canyon and proceed into the park. Although rock climbing can take place at several locations, a popular site can be located behind the Amphitheatre.

Cave Climbing
Photo by Cave Climbing
Cave Climbing
113 Executive Center Blvd.
915-502-0885 

Widely considered one of the most enjoyable workout challenges for your body and mind, climbing has it all, from the thrill of adventure to the mind-bending pleasure of solving a puzzle with your body through sheer flexibility, footwork, and strength. On your first visit to The Cave, you'll be welcomed and instructed by our friendly staff who will give you a brief orientation with a fall-safety test.

Fee: Day Pass (climb as long as you want!) $10 Early Bird Pass (weekdays before 3pm) $8 Shoe Rental (please wear or bring socks) $3 10-Punch Pass (good for 10 visits within a year from purchase) $85

Open Climb Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays NOON–10:00PM Tuesdays & Thursdays 7:00am–12:00PM and 3:00pm–10:00pm Fridays Noon–7:00pm Saturdays 10:00am–6:00pm Sundays 2:00–6:00pm


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