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Oct 29, 2011
Hey, I'm hoping to spend a week at Hueco Tanks in December but I'm finding mixed information about the Hueco Rock Ranch online. Is it currently open? The phone seems to be disconnected and there have been reports that nobody's really staying there. As I'm traveling alone and hoping to potentially meet up with some friends for part of the trip, I want to make sure that my lodging/camping situation is well-considered and safe. Is the Hueco Rock Ranch a good choice? Is it safe to camp there?

Also, is Hueco Tanks in general safe? I read mixed things about the drive in, the locals, etc...just got me wondering and a little bit concerned. May sound silly, but any information is helpful. I want to know what I'm getting into before I book anything. Thanks so much!

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Nov 7, 2011
Rock Ranch is cool... I am not sure on current conditions, but during the Rock Rodeo it was great. I think staying in the park is just as good though I haven't done that. Our tactic used to be find a parking spot out in the desert, bag down on the ground, be up early and park at the gate... but we didn't have reservations and had to be first in, or first 10... Also, you want to go in December, you need to call 3 months in advance, the day you want to climb... they rarely have one stay open for more than 12 hours. You can book a tour and avoid the reservation situation, but you have to know a guide. Craig Childre
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Nov 10, 2011
Hey Jen. The Rock Ranch is currently undergoing some changes but they are open. As for safety concerns the Ranch is safe and is a good choice for camping. In general, HT is safe. Locals don't bother with the park during peak climbing season. Staying in HT does have its advantages if you don't have reservations and are planning to be one of the 10 walk-ins each morning as it allows you to be at the office before everyone else waiting at the gate. Staying in the park though does limit your movement in the evenings since the gate is locked preventing exit/entry of the park. For information on reservations or camping in the park you can call the park at 915-857-1135. Commercial tours can be arranged through the Ranch and they have some great guides working with them. To speak to the Ranch you can contact Mogli at 925-642-7260 or Nikias at 915-345-6200. Cheers and safe travels. Ian Cappelle
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