Wednesday, April 05, 2006

City of Rocks State Park, New Mexico

The City of Rocks State Park is located about 28 miles north of Deming, New Mexico. The rocks which give the park its name are formed from volcanic ash that welded together billions of years ago and then were given shape by wind and rain. The rocks stand out from the desert floor in striking formations and by giving your imagination free rein you can visualize houses and buildings.
There are several campsites interspersed in the rock formations which create a private nook for enjoying the surrounding scenery. I would imagine that star-gazing at night would be fabulous out here where you are miles from any city lights. You may see mule deer, jackrabbits, antelope and javelinas as you wander the hiking trails as the park is located on over 1200 acres of grassland.

To visit from Deming, take U.S. 180 north for 24 miles, then head northeast on NM 61 for 4 miles to arrive at the park. There is a small day-use fee but your day pass can be used at any of the other state parks in the area (such as Rockhound State Park) as well.

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