Thursday, April 19, 2012

City of Rocks State Park, New Mexico

We decided to stay in Silver City as it’s central to all of the things we wanted to do while in the area, however central does not necessarily mean close.  About 45-minutes south is the City of Rocks State Park, which we have heard is fabulous, so we went.  Well, okay, interesting, sure, but fabulous ~ no. The theory is that there was a volcanic eruption 180 miles away in Albuquerque many years ago (obviously), and these rocks were tossed the distance, and thus are an interesting site to see. The cool part is there is camping among the rocks, and we can see how people after a long week at work, wanting to get away from the hustle-and-bustle of life, would enjoy hanging out here for a weekend. But besides just hanging out, there is little to do – a bit a walking among the formations, but that was about it.  There is a Visitor’s Center, but it was closed. If you’re passing by on route 180 and want to see the City of Rocks, sure, go 3 miles out of your way.  But a 45-minute drive – nah.

Easy and affordable - no matter where you are!


Jim and Gayle said...

Besides just walking around the rocks, there is also a 4.5 mile trail around the perimeter and to an overlook. You're right, not much to do, but we enjoyed a few days there and will probably go back on our way to Silver City. But then we like rocks!

Suzanne and Brad said...

Bummer - we didn't know about the 4.5 miles loop hike - would have been fun. Unfortunately, the Visitor's Center wasn't open. Enjoy the time you spend there on your way through! :-)

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