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Feb 9, 2017 - The View

I am sure you can guess whose brilliant idea this was, but our goal for the day was to climb to the top of the mesa. Someone told us it was a to die for view. How right tbey were! The die part I mean. Well, seriously, the view was pretty good also. We could even see inside the tailings pond of the Chino mine. And it was a nice perspective of the campground. We got home in time for 5 o'clock somewhere and leftover spaghetti. We sat outside with the kitty, who was happy to explore our little part of the desert. Then we were treated to another...

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Feb 7, 2017 - Play among the Rocks

The rocks forming the City of Rocks, known as the Kneeling Nun Tuff, were produced by a very large volcanic eruption that occurred 14.9 billion years ago. The main phase of the Kneeling Nun eruption was the most violent. During this phase, the vent would widen, allowing large amounts of volcanic material to erupt very quickly. It was still very hot at the time it was deposited. Because of this heat, the volcanic fragments in the layer of volcanic material compacted to form the dense rocks we see today. There is much speculation regarding...

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Feb 6, 2017 - Rocks

We had heard that this was an interesting place, and it had been on our radar for a couple of years, so we were happy to be finally headed to this park. We had no idea what to expect, so we were understandably surprised to come upon a couple of acres of huge rocks. And this was the campground! Although there was a small area of electric sites, the majority of the campground was for dry camping only. And because the sites were located in and around the outer edges of the rocks, there were not too many suitable for a large RV. The first site...

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Apr 27, 2015 - City of Rocks State Park, NM

Hi Everyone, We just arrived at City of Rocks NM…more about that later. Trip from Big Bend consisted of driving 100 miles straight, turn left, drive 100 miles straight, turn left drive 76 miles to Guadalupe. I lay down for ½ hour with Joey and Mike saw a display of Prada Purses in the middle of the desert and two elk. I was awake to see two javelinas but we could not get to the camera in time to take their picture. We spent two nights at Guadalupe National Park TX. When I went there two years ago with Jocelyn, there were three campers,...

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Takin the Slow Road

Jan 21, 2014 - Rocks Around the Clock

We drove the relatively short distance of 130 miles to one of our favorite places - City of Rocks State Park. We've visited here a couple of times as day trippers when we were fulltiming, but always wanted to camp. We aren't camped right in the rocks; we would need to have a generator to do that, but we are right across the way and can see them through our windows. There was another Casita parked here when we arrived, but the charming couple from New Hampshire were on their way to Silver City. They'd already camped here for two...

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Oct 19, 2011 - Quiet in the Desert

After eleven days in the Albuquerque, we’ve been enjoying the solitude of the desert. Our first stop was at South Monticello Campground within Elephant Butte Lake State Park. The campground was 10 miles off the freeway and located at the northern most park of the lake. The sites were huge and the campground was exceptionally quiet. Some of the sites were suppose to overlook the lake. However, due to years of sparse rain, the lake is currently 49’ below its normal level and the lake continues to recede. The marina is temporarily closed so no...

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Feb 14, 2010 - City of Rocks

Feb 14 and 15 Rock City Arrived at Rock City National Monument. Very unusual worn rock formations stacked and piled into a maze of shape and form. Very nice camp right in among the rocks. These rock formations are on the toe of a butte spreading out and surrounded by flat desert. From the distance it looks like a big pile of potatoes. Erie at night the coyotes howl and the rusty old windmill creaks and moans as it slowly pumps water from the desert. Two varieties of rabbit in the area, small cotton tail up in the rocks and Black tail Jack...

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Nov 25, 2008 - City of Rocks, NM

We had a very nice stay in City of Rocks State Park. We didn't go anywhere outside the park, and that is a first for us on this trip. (The park itself is in the middle of nowhere in western NM.) The "rock city" was formed when rock was pushed out during a volcanic event. When it cooled it formed vertical fissures. Over time, wind and sand eroded the fissures leaving large rock formation standing like buildings. Eventually, these rocks will be reduced to the sand that surrounds the area and the interesting outcroppings will disappear. There...

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May 23, 2008 - City of Rocks State Park, Silver City, NM

City of Rocks State Park in Silver City NM was larger than life. Huge rock monoliths formed from volcanic ash seem to spring out of the ground with paths to wander between them. It had rained much of today and is still very windy. As we arrived at City of Rocks, the sky cleared a bit and the rain disappeared. We saw a red tail hawk perched on a rock and spotted him several times as we wandered through the rocks. We saw a roadrunner, lots of big jackrabbits and a lovely botanical garden. The campground here is spacious and nicely laid out. ...

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Jan 27, 2008 - City of Rocks State Park.

On Sunday after making phone calls to England we decided to go to the City of Rocks State Park just south of Silver City really to give Jenny a good walk! The “city is a geologic monument formed by large sculptured rock columns or pinnacles, rising as high as 40 feet and separated by paths or lanes resembling city streets. Theory is that these formations were thrown 180 miles from a volcano near Albuquerque and then eroded over time to how they are today. We walked through the formations first and then decided to walk the trail up to the...

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Jan 19, 2008 - New Mexico State Parks

Our main reason for going to Deming, New Mexico was to locate the St. Clair Winery. Trish bought some of their wine, really enjoyed it and wanted some more. Sooooooooooo.....We went there and bought some of their exotics. Yum Yum While we were there, we discovered the area was full of state parks so we picked a couple that looked interesting and away we went. Rockhound State Park is a rockhounds paradise. Not only can you dig all you want, but you can keep what you find. There a variety of semi-precious gems to discover, all for a day pass...

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Jan 9, 2007 - City of Rocks

Our mail didn't come in on Monday, so Tuesday we decided to make some side trips. Unfortunately, the museum in town which had been given glowing reviews by some fellow travelers was closed for renovation. We got a line on a great state park and drove up to see it. Wow! Were we impressed! It was created by volcanic ash millions of years ago and the rocks have been weathered by erosion into these fantastic shapes. As you walk past the visitor center, this is what you see . Every time you turn, you get a different perspective on the shapes ....

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