City of Rocks State Park
|Arizona to New Mexico map|
Campground: City of Rocks. Cost, paid $225 to camp for a full year in New Mexico state parks. With an additional cost of $4 per night for electric sites. Primitive sites and water/electric sites. I plan on staying about 40 days at the state parks, making the daily camping fee round out to about $5.65 a night.
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Here at City of Rocks, I’ve signed up for the yearly camping sticker ($225 out of state res.) Since I’ll be spending at least 2 months in the state, I should save quite a bit on camping fees and have the opportunity to visit many of New Mexico’s great state parks. $4 extra each night for elect sites.
Somehow I lucked out getting the only electric site remaining. I’m at the end of the row and have an expansive view of the New Mexico desert landscape. Low mesas and a ridge of mountain ranges off in the distance provide a sweeping arid scene. Imagine, views from all three sides and not another camper in sight.
|City of Rocks, New Mexico|
|one of the awesome dry camping sites|
|view from my picture window... wow|
The setting is typical of many state parks. A Couple miles off of the lonely county road, meaning it’s quiet, serene country living. City of Rocks is a natural occurring rock formation that was created oh about 30-35 million years ago with the dramatic event of volcanic eruptions that they say were 1,000 times more powerful than when Mt St Helen erupted in 1980. The various layers of lava eventually cooling and forming harder pillars and stone. Over those 30+ million years later with erosion from wind sand and rain what remains is this city of rocks. Many are concentrated in one area creating avenues between the large boulders much like a city. From my campsite, I look out on the expansive desert landscape and see individual boulders the size of a house resting in solitude as if waiting for a giant to come along and roll them like marbles across the landscape.
|Indian grinding holes|
Not a bad way to start out my adventures for the season ahead.
What am I reading on my Kindle Fire? Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, by Willie Nelson. Willie is one of my favorite country singers and it was quite a rambling story he tells of his 3 families, actually 4 if you count a daughter he recently found out about. I think the thing that I got most out of the book is what an awesome family man and father he is. Having been married three times, he’s been able to blend all the families together and remain close to all of his children. He’s a great song writer, singer and has written a number of books along the way. He still performs live concerts all over the country and world and hasn’t slowed down hardly at all. Did I mention he’s in his 70’s.
|Silver City Museum|
|Spring is blooming|
|Silver City NM|
I did take a day trip to Silver City, about a 40 minute drive from City of Rocks. It’s still a mining town but is also a university town as well. Though I didn’t see much of that evidence while driving around the downtown. I won’t say there were homeless around town, as I think they were just a lot of scruffy looking dudes with scraggly beards and old clothes. Maybe they were wanabee hippies but I think they missed the mark. The town is considered a great place to retire too due to cheap living and mild winter temps.
I visited the main museum in a Victorian house that was also at one time a boarding house, health resort, City Hall and Fire Station. The attendant let us know that none of the rooms had any original wall paper, flooring, or furnishings and yet there were no photos permitted anywhere. Not sure what they were trying to protect. Maybe some of the exhibits or poster displays.
There are many great places in the area to visit including the Gila Cliff dwellings, but since I’d seen many of the regional attractions, I just walked and drove around town to get a better feel of the area.
I’ll spend another day here at City of Rocks and then head on up to Truth or Consequences and Elephant Butte State Park. Feels great to be back out on the road exploring the country once again.
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