Virtual Tour: Ancient Art at Hueco Tanks With Jon Cardwell

If you’re ever bouldering at Hueco Tanks, do yourself a favor and take a history tour on one of your rest days. (The mandatory park regulations video at the office doesn’t quite do it justice.)

Hueco Tanks is an oasis. And if you only think that’s the case because it’s the seminal United States destination for bouldering and happens to be located in Texas, you’re missing the forest for the trees.

Anyone who’s poked around in the Tanks knows we’re far from the first generation of humans to interact with the area. In fact, people have made pilgrimages to the anomalous volcanic outcropping since time immemorial. There, they’ve conducted rituals, gathered resources, traded, and created representations of themselves and the world around them.

Let Jon Cardwell take you on a little ancient art tour at Hueco Tanks. And the next time you’re in El Paso, check it out — respectfully.

Runtime: 10 minutes

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Sam has roamed the American continent to follow adventures, explore natural wonders, and find good stories. After going to college to be a writer, he got distracted (or saved) by rock climbing and spent most of the next decade on the road, supporting himself with trade work. He's had addresses in the Adirondack Mountains, Las Vegas, and somehow Kansas, but his heart belongs in the Texas hill country.

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