Hueco Tanks is an area of low mountains in El Paso County, Texas, and is located in a high-altitude desert basin between the Franklin Mountains to the west and the Hueco Mountains to the east. Hueco is a Spanish word meaning hollows and refers to the many water-holding depressions in the boulders and rock faces throughout the region. Due to the unique concentration of historic artifacts, plants and wildlife, the site is under protection of Texas law, and it is a crime to remove, alter, or destroy them.
Hueco Tanks is a sacred place to the Tigua Indians of Ysleta del Sur and was used to provide shelter and water to Native Americans. Today, the Tigua Indians use the area for prayer and gatherings. The Park is open to the public for recreational uses.
Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site