Monday, May 22, 2017

City of Rocks

Post by Henry

After two (2) weeks in Deming, New Mexico, we moved 30 miles north and spent some time in City of Rocks State Park.

City of Rocks
Faywood, New Mexico

The park is pretty much in the middle of nowhere, with giant boulders and a campground unlike any other we've ever seen. 


The campsites are situated amongst the rocks in various fashion, creating a most unique campground. A lot of the sites are great for tents, but there's also some suitable for RV's, too.

Unique Campsite

We were able to grab what we felt was the best site in the park for five (5) nights. 

Our Campsite amongst the Boulders

It was away from the main campground nearly all by itself. In fact, we had to look hard to see another campsite. What we did see was outstanding scenery in all directions. And my favorite part was it was soooo quiet! 


Mostly the only sounds were birds and the wind. And here in New Mexico this time of year, there was plenty of wind to be heard. This site had no hookups and no cell signal, but somehow we survived. We'd have to say this was the most beautiful campsite we've ever been in with the Rambler.

Our Campsite from a Distance

Unfortunately, someone had the campsite reserved and we had to give it up after five (5) nights. We were not tired of being at City of Rocks, though, so we moved to a less remote site with water and electric hookups for another six (6) nights.

Second Campsite

We still had amazing views and we think we snagged the best hookup site, too. Our covered picnic table was surrounded by blooming Bird of Paradise and Ocotillo cactus, which attracted many birds and bees. Sitting outside, there was an ever present hum of bees at work.

Bird of Paradise

One thing this park is known for is it's dark skies at night and they have a star party every month. In fact, the campsites are each named after either a constellation or a planet. Our first campsite was named Cassiopeia and the second was Xena. It was available, but we passed on Uranus;). Unfortunately, we weren't able to cash in on the dark skies, as our visit coincided with a full moon occurring exactly in the middle of our stay.

Full Moon Rising

The day after we arrived, we went on a Ranger led birding hike to nearby River Ranch, located along the Mimbres River, that is usually closed to the public. 

Birding on River Ranch

They only do this hike once a month, so we were here at the right time. Our two guides really knew their stuff as they were locating birds in all directions by both sight and sound. We were able to add several new birds to our life list, including the Zone-Tailed Hawk. 

Zone-Tailed Hawk

They not only knew birds, but also dragonflies and butterflies, too. They were both amazing, and we'd highly recommend signing up for this hike.

We made several excursions to Silver City, about thirty (30) miles up the road. It's an old mining town and now is an artsy town. There's a fun historic district to walk the streets, with many restaurants and art galleries.

Colorful Silver City

Art Everywhere

Outside of Silver City is the Gila National Forest, with so many outdoor possibilities, it's incredible. There's three (3) wilderness areas in the forest including the Gila Wilderness, which was the first official designated wilderness in the WORLD!

We made a trip to Gila Cliff Dwelling National Monument.

Gila Cliff Dwellings

It was a long ride on incredibly scenic roads. The cliff dwellings were quite impressive and probably the best we've seen.

Gila Cliff Dwellings

Ranger at Gila Cliff Dwellings

While there, I was finally able to purchase my Federal Senior Access Lifetime Pass for $10! Yes, I'm officially a GEEZER.

Showing off Senior Access Pass

We did get in some good hiking.

Near Silver City, we hiked the Dragonfly Loop. In addition to the beautiful scenery, the trail took us to some petroglyphs.

Dragonfly Petroglyph

More Impressive Petroglyphs

Another hike we did was the Big Tree trail. This one led us to the second largest Alligator Juniper tree in America.

Alligator Juniper
Big Tree

Here at the City of Rocks, we did every possible hike with our favorite being Table Mountain.

Table Mountain Hiking Trail

Table Mountain
Summit on Right

The summit sits 500 feet above the campground, but the hike is fairly easy. There's views the entire hike, with a 360 degree panorama at the top.

On Top of Table Mountain with
City of Rocks in Background

There is so much to do around here, and we're barely going to make a dent this year. We will be returning at some point in the not too distant future. More than likely, out next visit will have to be much longer.

Probably a month or two.

Or more.


  1. We love Silver City and have been several times -- as you said, there's so much to do in the area, it takes more than a few visits! The Blues Festival on Memorial Day weekend is super fun (and free!) if you happen to still be in the area. We've never been to City of Rocks but it's been on our list -- what a gorgeous place!

    1. Laurel, you gotta go there and Site #16 is the one you want for no hookups. It is something you guys would love!

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