This Place Rocks!
The City of Rocks is a little gem of a state park located about a half hours drive north of Interstate 10 and Deming, New Mexico. Access is very easy on paved highways. Like other New Mexico state parks we’ve stayed in the park, was extremely well kept and a bargain.
Electric and water hookup sites were $14 and no hookup sites were a mere $10. The sites with hookups were nice level, wide pull-thrus but fairly close together for a State Park. The no hookup (dry camping) sites were much more private but most were quite sloped. Scouting around I did see some that were larger enough to accommodate bigger rigs, but leveling may be a challenge.
We chose campsite #9 which was a no hookup site but set against several of the large boulders and gave us nice views out our rig windows. It took a little trial and error to find a patch of ground flat enough to level the rig, but we made do and got her pretty level. The site had a cool little raised area containing a picnic table, fire ring, and bench. Around it was a rock wall making it look part of the landscape. It was a perfect place to have morning coffee or watch the sunset with our happy hour beverages.
The park reminded me a bit of Joshua Tree NP which also has large outcroppings of boulders. Throughout the City of Rocks SP are plaques and signs detailing the terrain, surrounding desert and some of the local history. They also have a bunch about the solar system and the campsites are named for astrological things. They have a little desert plants botanical walk and several longer hikes through the surrounding desert. All these little interesting details added to our hiking enjoyment. The visitor center is a very modern building and looks like it is part of the landscape. There are supposed to be some very clean and new showers beside it, but I didn’t get a chance to check them out.
Day Trip to Silver City NM
We took a day trip another 30 minutes northwest to the cool little town of Silver City. Rather than demolish the older buildings in the original downtown area they are fixing them up and using them as art galleries, eateries, bars and boutique shops. Many of the buildings are decked out with colorful murals or loud paint jobs. It’s quite the funky scene. We stopped in at one of the pub style joints called the Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery and had drinks and a yummy lunch, a treat for us as we rarely eat out.
After lunch, we poked our heads into various funky little shops and art galleries. We strolled around the old town district and along a park area called the “Big Ditch”. The weather was a little brisk as the towns elevation is around 6000 ft and it is February, but the sun was out so only a light jacket was needed. I can imagine in the spring when all the trees have their leaves it must make for quite an idyllic small town scene.
During the night of July 21, 1895, a heavy wall of water rushed through the downtown business district, leaving a trail of destruction. A ditch 55 feet (17 m) lower than the original street level was created in what was once known as Main Street. – http://blog.seattlepi.com/ramblinman/2012/03/26/the-big-ditch-in-silver-city-new-mexico/
We only stayed three nights at the City of Rocks State Park as we were on a tight schedule to get over and re-visit Big Bend National Park before spring break in Texas hits. I really like this little state park sticking out like it does out in the middle of the vast barren surrounding landscape. It’s a very quiet, peaceful spot and the views are terrific. I’ve learned there is much more to do and see in these parts and already plan to return for a much longer visit. Also, there is another highly recommended NM state park just to the south of I10 and Deming called Rock Hound State Park that we must check out too. So little time and so much to see!
*Tip* If visiting this park they have a few fresh water taps but beware they have no dump station so come with empty tanks. I dumped our tanks and took on fresh water at the Roadrunner RV Park in Deming for a 10 dollar fee. It was right on our way so worth the ten bucks to not have to burn diesel looking for a free dump site.