City of Rocks, New Mexico

The view out the bathroom window of the motor home while camped in New Mexico.

Throneview City of Rocks worked 9-16-13

We have a huge window across the back of the motorhome, so I have tried to take a picture out that window at each campsite.

I always thought it looked like the windmill was the “speaker” or maybe a “singer”, and all of the rocks were seated in an auditorium listening with rapt attention to him. The little orange-y grasses on the ground provide an interesting leading trail up to the windmill. There weren’t a lot of campers there then because it was still pretty chilly, but the ambience is that there is no one else within a hundred miles in any direction!

City of Rocks is an amazing place.


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2 Responses to City of Rocks, New Mexico

  1. Shirley Nordenberg says:

    What an amazing site! Are you traveling where the mood hits you ? or do you have a travel plan ? How are you ? I came home from Ill today It was so HOT there! But loved visiting with my family!
    Is there anyhting I can do for you here at home??


  2. flujan says:

    Reblogged this on My Voyage Through Time and commented:
    What a great post from Dorrie Anne!! I love New Mexico. When I worked for the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department as a PIO back in the day this was one of my favorite places. It is so unique. What I remember most was a moonlight hike at the stroke of midnight. What a blast. The moon looked so beautiful over the mystical stones.

    From the EMNRD web site…

    “Formed of volcanic ash welded together 35 million years ago, then sculpted by wind and water into rows of monolithic blocks, these incredible rock formations give City of Rocks its name. Hiking trails, a botanical garden and a public night sky observatory add to this unique destination.

    A Rocky Vacation~~~Rock formations like those at the City of Rocks State Park exist in only six other places in the world. Imaginative visitors may see the rock formations as a small city with houses, chimneys, courtyards and streets. Visitors can choose from 62 campsites scattered among the rocks, from which they can hike, bird watch, picnic, bike, take in the interpretive exhibits at the visitor center, explore the park’s botanical garden or star gaze.

    Life on the Rocks~~~City of Rocks State Park lies in the Mimbres Valley of the Chihuahuan desert. The park and surrounding grassland support yucca, agave, cacti and ocotillo, while growing among the rocks are Emory and gray oak. Mule deer, roadrunners, javelinas, cactus wrens, western diamondback rattlesnakes, ground squirrels, coyotes and jackrabbits all make their home here.

    History on the Rocks~~~Until 1200 A.D., Mimbres Indians roamed this area, leaving arrowheads and pottery shards as evidence of their culture. The park also lies within the traditional homelands of the Chiricahua and Warm Springs Apache. Spanish explorers and settlers arrived in 1500 and mule trains loaded with copper from the nearby Santa Rita mine passed nearby on their way to Chihuahua from 1804 to 1834. After the Mexican War of 1846-48, the Mormon Battalion blazed a trail south of the park to link newly acquired New Mexico and Arizona with the eastern United States.

    First Astronomical Observatory~~~Southern New Mexico is famous for its clear night skies and New Mexico State Parks established its first astronomical observatory at City of Rocks State Park. The observatory is a 12’ x 16’ building with a roll-off roof and is equipped with a 14″ Meade LX-200 telescope. The entire facility is solar-powered and includes a 20-inch monitor, which enables visitors to view images of the planets, stars and constellations transmitted through the telescope.”


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