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City of Rocks State Park
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City of Rocks State Park
Description - Formed of volcanic ash 30 million years ago and sculpted by wind and water into rows of monolithic blocks, City of Rocks State Park takes its name from these incredible rock formations. Cactus gardens and hiking trails add to this unique destination.

Visitors can see a sampling of southwestern plants and animals. The park's desert botanical garden is home to cow's tongue and bunny ear cacti, Yucca, and towering Century plants. Deer, antelope, javelinas, and jackrabbits are frequently seen in the area, along with over 35 species of birds, ranging from Golden Eagles to finches.

Park amenities include a visitor center and a campground with 57 developed sites, 10 with electrical hookup. Restrooms and showers are also available.

Attractions - The rock formations at the park are so unique that they are only known to exist in six other places in the world. Imaginative visitors may see the rock formations as a small city, complete with houses, chimneys, courtyards, and streets.

Until 1200 A.D., Mimbres Indian roamed this area and left arrowheads and pottery shards as evidence of their culture. Spanish conquistadors also spent time in the area, carving crosses into the rocks.

Recreation - Viewing the geological formations of the area is the main activity at the park. Other recreation opportunities include camping, picnicking, hiking the trails, and viewing wildlife.

Climate - Annual precipitation is 15.69 inches. Summer temperatures range from lows around 56 to highs around 86. Winter temps range from lows of 26 to highs around 53.

Location - City of Rocks State Park is located in south western region of the state. It is located off of State Highway 61, south east of Silver City, NM.

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Filed By: Jeff (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great place! A mix of moderness and wilderness. The visitor center was extremely clean and well cared for. Great fun for families as the kids can explore to their hearts content and never really get lost as outside of the 'rock city' is flat desert. Camping is wonderful and the stars are plentiful. The place is a little isolated(thats a good thing) so if you're looking for a KFC you may want to stay back in Truth or Consequences.

Filed By: Gil and Roberta (Rio Rancho, NM)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This State Park is one of the most awsome for its size! We highly reccomend it for families and out of state guests. We are about to go back for our second visit and are taking a visitor too. The surprise is you dont see what is so great about this park from the road...it looks like a little arrangement of structures and trees from a distance...in a very flat area..and THEN! There is all the awsomeness of it and you want to get out and explore and take pictures. We took two rolls of film and used every frame just in this park. The staff are friendly and the sites are clean and nice. Each camp site is unigue to itself and some offer real privacy. The families we saw were having a ball! We are retired but the hiking was easy and we loved it. It is in the top five of the sites we have seen as we have traveled the fifty states.

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Contact Information:
City Of Rocks State Park, P.O. Box 50 , Paywood, NM, 88034, Phone: 505-536-2800

Additional Information:
New Mexico State Parks - The park system includes many lakes and reservoirs, trail systems connecting the parks with federal lands, botanical and geological interpretive sites, botanical gardens, and even a zoo.

New Mexico State Parks - Official State Parks Web Site
New Mexico State Parks - Park Map
New Mexico State Parks - Official Agency Website


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