Hueco Tanks State Park lies just east of El Paso TX making it a great place to stop when heading out west. We’ve been here three times and even though the park is small and access to much of the park is restricted, we always find something new to explore. A limited number of visitors are permitted to enter each day and all are required to watch an orientation video. This is done to prevent damage to the park’s unique historical and archeological features.
The park is known for its pictographs and many require a guided tour to see but on this trip we heard about a series of death mask pictographs located in a place called Kiva Cave. While Kiva Cave is accessible without a guide, it’s difficult to find since there’s no marked trail nor is it shown on the park’s map. To locate the cave, our source gave us these directions: 1) park at the end of the road in the north section of the park and take the short marked trail to the pond 2) head back and look for the shelf on your right heading up the mountain side 3) walk up the shelf and look for the “rubber ducky” rock formation 4) once you arrive at the rubber ducky look to your right for the serpent (some call it an alligator) and find your way to its head 5) once you’ve arrived at the head of the serpent, look for the Kiva Cave (the serpent is looking right at it).