City of Rocks State Park – New Mexico

When we first saw City of Rocks State Park after taking a drive with Mike’s parents to it while staying at Rockhound State Park (read about it here), we knew we had to stay here! It really is a city of rocks. Such neat rock formations. We stayed for seven days so that we could visit some local attractions.

We saw several Great Horned Owls up on the rocks during our stay as well as a fox and lots of rabbits during our walks. We could hear the owls on the evenings when it wasn’t windy.

Mike on his way to Table Rock for geocache.

Mike on his way to Table Mountain for a geocache.

Mike even enjoyed hiking to the top of Table Mountain in the park to get a geocache. Of course there were other geocaches in the surrounding area that he found.

Mike on Table Mountain getting a geocache.

Mike on Table Mountain getting a geocache.

We spent one day exploring nearby Silver City. We enjoyed the local art and shops. It’s such a cute historical town. It’s about 35 miles NW.

We knew it would be a long drive but we drove out to Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. This was really the highlight of our trip. We love exploring cave dwellings and ancient ruins!

Along with the fun outings, we caught up with lots of chores such as laundry, grocery shopping and having to find a dump station. Since we came to the park following boondocking at White Sands National Monument for several days, we assumed we could dump and get fresh water at the campground. We were wrong! After staying only a couple of days, we had to drive in to Deming to find a dump station and fill our water tank.  Kind of a pain, but that way we could stay at City of Rocks a little longer than a couple of days.

Sunset from our campsite at City of Rocks.

Sunset from our campsite at City of Rocks.

Since we didn’t pay for an electric spot, we were relying on our solar panels. The rocks we were parked near covered our panels in shade until 10:00am each morning. It wasn’t that bad, but something definitely to keep in mind when you choose a campsite by large boulders!

We would definitely visit this park again.

I put together my first trip video of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.  I hope you enjoy!