Monday, April 30, 2012

City Of Rocks State Park, New Mexico



City of Rocks State Park is an easy 43 mile drive from Rockhound, on the way to Silver City. There is an electric and water area just past the visitor center, but we stayed there a few days last year during a bad wind storm, and this time we really wanted to camp among the rocks. We were lucky to find a couple fairly level sites in the Pegasus campground, and we are the only ones here. Plus it is free, with our New Mexico Park Pass. Can’t beat that!


There is not much to do here except hike around the rocks, which we did yesterday, or walk the 3.5 mile trail around the perimeter of the park, which we did this morning. You can add an extra mile to the trail by going up to Observation Point. It is just a lovely quiet place to relax if you like big rocks!




Saw lots of lizards, horned toads, and one friendly snake on our hike today.


This is the first time we’ve been without hookups in a very long time, and we are happy to see our solar is working like it should. Debbie is happy, too, since she only did a couple days of boondocking after Jim helped her install a second panel back in December 2010. We’re planning on doing a lot of Forest Service and BLM camping this summer, so it will be nice to have. 

Time to climb some more rocks!



  1. Boondocking is the only way to go unless the weather is not favorable (wind, rain, cold).

    City of Rocks is one of my favorite places.

  2. City of Rocks is such an interesting place, how the rocks seem to just spring up out of nowhere. We enjoyed our visit there, and you right, not a whole lot to do.

  3. That looks like such an awesome campground, we just HAVE to check it out.

  4. What a great post! City of Rocks gets very little notice. I grew up traveling between Deming and Silver City and we usually stopped here. Thanks for the great pictures! I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip to New Mexico.