Access Fund Joins Hueco Tanks Review Team

The Hueco Tanks State Park Public Use Plan is up for review this year after Texas State Senator Jose Rodriguez and State Representative Mary Gonzalez expressed concern that El Paso residents and indigenous people may be unfairly displaced from the Park by non-locals who are visiting to rock climb and boulder. Rodriguez and Gonzalez are advocating for changes that could prioritize the cultural and educational values of Hueco Tanks above recreational uses like climbing.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has invited the Access Fund to join the review process, which will take about six months and include a wide spectrum of stakeholders. Representatives from Climbers of Hueco Tanks Coalition, American Alpine Club, Access Fund, and a few guiding companies will represent climbers in the monthly meetings to update the fifteen year old Public Use Plan.

Stay tuned for updates.

Photo: Courtesty of Sam Davis