If you've never been to Hueco Tanks, you are missing out on a really unique El Paso experience. When you're driving out to Hueco Tanks, it looks like there is nothing but desert surrounding you, and that is true, but when you make the turn Hueco Tanks Road, you will begin to appreciate the change in scenery. Hueco Tanks got its name because of the natural rock basins that collect rainwater. There is a lot of desert vegetation and wildlife that still use the spot as a watering hole, and of course, you can see evidence of the ancient people who used to use the area and left their cave drawings all over the tanks. You can also see, unfortunately, evidence of more recent boneheads who deface the rocks with graffiti that probably won't intrigue people in the future.

The best thing about Hueco Tanks is it is so far out in the desert that there are very few lights that obscure the night sky. It is the perfect place to stargaze, and in late July, the park will hold a stargazing event. You can't make reservations for stargazing events. The park accepts groups on a first come, first serve basis, and only allow the first 100 who arrive into the event. 150 people showed up for the last stargazing event, so make sure you go early to get a spot.

If you go, know that the park will close the gates once 100 people are inside, and no one will be admitted after 8:00 p.m. even if there aren't 100 people.

In addition to the stargazing, there will be stories, adventures, and a talk about the mythology of the constellations and the planets. You could see the stars and planets in the Planetarium, or you could head out to Hueco Tanks for a night of stargazing in the desert east of El Paso.

WHAT: Stargazing Party
WHEN: July 27, 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.
WHERE: Hueco Tanks - click link above for directions
COST: $9 adults (ages 13 and over), $2 for children (ages 5-12)

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