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Date of visit:
July 31, 2000

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 Location of City of Rocks SP ...
 

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Site Highlights:
 Middle of nowhere
 Small but interesting
 Few visitors
 Modest entry fee
 Picnic areas
 Interesting formations
 Rattlesnakes
 Moderate climate

 Kachina

New Mexico State park
City of Rocks Climate
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Go to first part of day trip - Mogollon Ghost Town
Go to second part of day trip - Catwalk Recreation Trail

Approaching the City of Rocks State Park
Approaching the City of Rocks State Park
City of Rocks - Geologic Story
To the Park
To the Park

Welcome sign

Welcome sign
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.

Rock Residence

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.

Ancient Paths

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.

The botanical garden
The botanical garden
Sampling of the Southwest

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.

Two noteworthy views
 
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What is this person doing?
Read & understand
 
Site Gallery 1 - The Gardens
 
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A jewel in the desert
 
Site Gallery 2 - Park Formations
 
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For More Information
City of Rocks State Park (official site)

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