Things To Do
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.
The Hueco Rock Ranch was established as a campground. Semi-primitive camping can be purchased by the night or for a season. Newly expanded to over 10 acres, the ranch provides lodging to over 5000 campers per season. Whether you plan on pittching a tent, towing a trailor, or just setting up in your truck, the ranch has all the facilities to make your stay here at Hueco an enjoyable one. Reservations are not required to camp at the ranch. If you show up late please find a spot and we’ll catch up with you in the morning. Available tours include Bouldering, Roped, Deborah Cool-Flowers Tours, etc.
For thousands of years, people have trekked to these rock hills in far west Texas. In earlier times, they came for the rainwater pooled in natural rock basins, or huecos (͞whey-coes͟). Visitors today marvel at the imagery left by those ancient people.
At Hueco Tanks, visitors can hike, rock climb, bird watch, study nature and history, picnic and stargaze. Also available are guided and self-guided tours to view rock imagery. Stop by the interpretive center, in a historic ranch house, to learn about the park and its history. The park store at headquarters sells gifts and other items. Hueco Tanks is mainly a day-use park. However, they do have 20 campsites.
Our campground has restrooms, hot showers and a dump station. For reservations, call (512) 389-8911. Reservations are limited to three days; you may be able to stay longer if a site is available.
Site types: 50-amp water/electric or water only. No sewer at sites. Parking: Back-in only, single-vehicle width. Drive lengths vary from 35 to 70 feet. Two vehicles allowed at each site.
Experience world-class rock climbing at Hueco Tanks! Choose from self-guided or guided climbs. Remember, some areas of the park can only be accessed on a tour. Call (512) 389-8911 to make a reservation to climb in the self-guided area or request a tour by calling (915) 849-6684 before your visit.
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.