David Williams Tour Part 8 — Hueco Tanks Continued


Hueco Tanks Wetland

Hueco Tanks Wetland

Hueco Tanks State Historical Park holds an incredibly diverse set of attractions.  Divided into four distinct “mountains” — North Mountain, East Mountain, West Mountain, and East Spur — only the North Mountain has unrestricted, unguided access.  There is however a trail that skirts the northern edge of East Mountain that also grants limited unguided access, but not to the mountain itself.

Hueco Tanks Trees

Hueco Tanks Trees

One of the attractions in the Hueco Tanks park is it’s wetland, a oasis of accumulated rainwater surrounded by the high desert.  In this oasis you will find lush, green pasture and some excellent birding opportunities, with 200 species of bird quenching their thirst here and 44 species using this area as a breeding ground.  The wetland contained here also holds enough moisture to support seven distinct amphibian species — six types of toad and one species of salamander.

Hueco Tanks Wetland

Hueco Tanks Wetland

And then there’s the abundant plant life all this moisture supports, including everything from Mexican (Red) Bird of Paradise to honey and velvet mesquites.

Hueco Tanks Wetland

Mesquite and Mexican Bird of Paradise

Downy Seedlings

Downy Seedlings

Ancient petroglyphs share rock space alongside much more recent pictograph inscriptions dating back to 19th Century cowboys and settlers.

Hueco Tanks Petroglyphs

Hueco Tanks Petroglyphs

Despite all these attractions, however, it’s the boulder “mountains” that attract the most attention and which have earned Hueco Tanks the distinction of being a world-class bouldering site.

Hueco Tanks Boulders

Hueco Tanks Boulders

Hueco Tanks — World-Class Bouldering

Hueco Tanks — World-Class Bouldering

Hueco Tanks

Hueco Tanks

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