City of Rocks State Park in Southwestern New Mexico is a great little area, a unique spot. No need for reservations, however, you may reserve a few spots. There are some water and electric spots and a lot of boon docking among the rocks. Elevation 5,250 feet; dress warm for mornings, evenings & nights, could be warm in the days in the Spring and Fall
It could be a little hot in the Summers during the day.
Overnight Camping (per vehicle, per night)
Primitive site $8
Notes: Primitive campsites offer no special facilities except a cleared area for camping. Sites may include trash cans, chemical toilets or parking. Developed sites offer additional facilities such as electric and sewage hookups.
Developed site $10
Developed site with electric hookup $14
Electric hookup with annual camping permit $4
Sewage hookups $4
Visitor Center Camping
Group Shelter Picnicking
Developed Sites (52) Star gazing
Electric Sites (10) Relaxing
Interpretive Exhibits Wildlife Watching
Restrooms Hiking / Biking
Showers Hide and Seek Among the Rocks
Showers are new and free.
Faywood Hot Springs is about 1 mile away, a rustic natural geothermal resort in southwestern New Mexico, located between Silver City and Deming, has many outdoor public and private soaking pools for those who wish to partake of its healthful and rejuvenating mineral water baths. There are separate clothing-required, clothing-optional (naturist) and private bathing areas.
Silver City is about 30 miles away and the Gila Nat'l Forest.
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. 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.
Visitors can see a sampling of southwestern plant and animal. 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.
Directions: From Deming of I-10, take US 180 northwest 24 miles, and then go northeast on NM 61 for four miles to the park access road.
From I-25 north take the short cut from Hatch to Deming, take US 180 northwest 24 miles, and then go northeast on NM 61 for four miles to the park access road.