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As the name suggests, City of Rocks State Park in New Mexico is filled with unusual rock formations, created out of lava. The park is small, encompassing only one square mile, in the Chihuahuan Desert region. The rock formations were created around 35 million years ago when a huge volcano erupted, and thanks to erosion, the strange formations were created.
The park is located around midway between Deming and Silver City, so is easily accessible for those that are looking for adventure when booking an RV in Grant County. There is a huge range of things to do in the park, whether you are making use of the state park campground or staying somewhere further afield. There are many shopping and dining opportunities nearby such as Bayard and Pinos Altos.
One of the most common reasons that people come motorhome camping at the park is, of course, to marvel at the incredible rock formations that can be found there. The rocks have formed high pinnacles, some of which reach a height of 40 feet, all of which are separated with flat lanes that almost resemble streets, adding to the reason it was named 'City of Rocks." Just wondering through these incredible formations can take hours as it is worth taking your time to really admire them. Overall there are 5.5 miles of hiking trails around the park, all just waiting to be explored before heading back to the state park RV campgrounds.
Surprisingly, despite the desert landscape, wildlife viewing is a popular activity here, especially birding. Birds often found here include the western kingbird, cactus wren, scaled quail, sparrow, finch, curved bill thrasher, and western scrub-jay to name a few. For those that have real patients, sightings of lesser nighthawk and the great horned owl have also been reported. Visitors are also able to see a sampling of southwestern plants and animals, especially in the park's desert botanical garden home to all sorts of desert plant such as yucca and bunny ear cacti as well as deer, antelope, and jackrabbits.
Because of how remote the park is, as soon as the sun sets, the sky becomes flooded with stars. The sight is so impressive that once a month it holds a Star n Parks program where the Star Observatory is used for a green laser tour of the cosmos, an experience unlike any other and one of the reasons that people rent a camper near City of Rocks State Park.
Although the park is small, it still has nearby campsites ideal for those that want to experience desert life for the night. Camping is available year-round, although will be at its busiest in the summer months between June and September. There are a couple of camping options when it comes to making the most of the park. There are two KOA campgrounds in the neighboring cities of Lordsburg and Silver City, or alternatively, you can camp within the park itself when camping with an RV.
The park's campground has 50 sites to make use of, 10 of which can be reserved ahead of time. All have both electrical and water hook-ups and are tucked in among the rocks for a truly unique camping experience, with each site having its own view, you'll really feel like you are in the middle of the desert. To really make use of the great outdoors, each site also has a fire pit and picnic table for eating outside of your RV rental.
The nearby city of Deming is fascinating, and well worth a day trip to wander the streets and admire the county courthouse and many other historically significant buildings. The city is also home to some of the finest museums in the region such as the Mimbres Museum and Custom House, which offers just a little insight into Western history and culture. It is often considered the starting point for self-guided tours around New Mexico.
Wine lovers should look no further than La Experanza Vineyard and Winery just a short drive away. Pay the winery a visit to not only support local produce but also sample a range of the finest wines and brews in a picturesque setting. There are also a number of events through the year, so for those interested in paying the winery a visit, check the calendar of events when booking an RV rental.
A truly unique attraction in the area is the Gila Cliff Dwellings. The area sheds light on the unique Mogollon culture, where for thousands of years people of the Mogollon culture built their homes in the rock and cliffs surrounding the Gila River. Many of the homes are still standing today, and visitors can have a tour of the dwellings and learn more about this fascinating culture.