City of Rocks State Park

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The other day Dale went to a program about rattlesnakes. I thought just one of us needed this information, so I stayed home and knit. Bad decision on my part. The rattlesnake program was that morning. The program for the afternoon was on the geology of these rocks and some interesting “finds” in the pile of rocks we look at each day.

So the next day Dale and I went hiking so he could show me what he was shown on the walk with Debbie the Naturalist for New Mexico State Parks.

There are many trails through these rocks. You can’t get lost because all trails lead to some camp site! We walked around for about 45 minutes, and mind you, the sun was out and beating down hot on us. Dale took us to the place where the Apache Indians would camp. In this place they could see all around. They would wait for the Butterfield stage to come through so they could attack it.

Look out beyond Dale and see the flat lands. That scenery is mostly around here. I think I have mentioned it before, but New Mexico is pretty flat everywhere (of course not where the mountains are). We can see our trailer on the road some 5 miles. That is how flat it is. Anyway, this area where we are standing is also flat.

Once we found this area it was pretty easy to find the “goodies” left by the Indians. We found about 5 grinding holes where the women would grind down their seeds to make whatever for dinner.


The next cool thing he showed me he made me look for. You know, the old “hot and cold” game. Finally, I did find the petroglyph left many, many years ago. Look at the white of the photo.

We think it is a bird! What do you think?

Next we tramped over rock and sand, through campsites looking for the other rock art left by an Indian in the early 1900’s. This one was hidden behind a rock to keep it from being vandalized.

The boulders here have round holes in the rocks and someone took advantage of this and painted this Kokopelli, The reason they believe this is a “fake” drawing is because there are different symbols for the Kokopelli. There is a Kokopelli for fertility and another for rain. This one is just someone having some fun.

As we hiked through the rocks I came upon this one. My first thought was Java the Hut. What do you think?

I also like this one, which sits across the street from us. I call him our sentry! If you look real close, you can see a dog’s head, raised to the sky baying. The rock beside the body of the “dog” makes the hind leg like in a sitting position and the rock on the end makes up the tail. But I will let you use your imagination!

The day I took these photo’s was the day the clouds moved in. It was also a lazy day for us and we took advantage. Here I am working on my summer tan and being lazy!

And, Annie decided it was time to make use of the rock outside our door and be lazy too! Cats are generally lay around animals anyway!

One of the campsites here at the park, site 10. There is also supposed to be a petroglyph on the rock by the garbage can. We couldn’t find it but was later told that the sun has to hit the rock just right to see it. We will give that a try if Dale gets up early in the morning! Ha. Never happen.

Dale and I give this park 10 stars! We love it here. But be aware. There is no dump or sewer hook up. The closest dump is in Silver City. There are no water hook ups for dry camping. You can get water in the bathrooms. But there is water and electrical hook ups.

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3 thoughts on “City of Rocks State Park

    Sharen said:
    April 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Gwen…when we stayed at the City of Rocks there was no hookups available, only dry campling. This was back in 1997. We also loved it!!

    Linda Ferrara said:
    April 15, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    So glad you are enjoying our area. You have some lovely photos of the City of Rocks! My family enjoys it when they come for a visit. The kids call it the Labyrynth. If you enjoy the Indian History of the area, you may want to check out the Gila Cliff Dwellings. Take 180 North to Highway 15. Go all the way up – about 1.5 hours. It’s fascinating!

    Ehjoy your trip! Linda@silvercity-realestate.com

      Gwen said:
      April 15, 2010 at 5:39 pm

      Thanks Linda, we are so happy here! We have gone to the cliff dwellings day before yesterday and oh goodness. Tomorrow’s post! We went to the WNMU museum to see the pottery exhibit and once again I am blown away by what I saw. So much I want a t-shirt with one of the designs on it! I would love a dish but that isn’t economical for an RV. Thanks for writing. It was very good to hear from you.

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