City of Rocks State Park, Faywood, New Mexico

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I had my eye on this state park for quite some time after reading an article in a magazine about the interesting rock formations off the beaten path of Interstate 10 in western New Mexico. About thirty miles north of Deming you will find this little state park. On our drive in, we had that all too familiar, "Where is this place? Should we just turn back? Surely this place can't be very good based on what we're driving through!" But,
our patience prevailed and sure enough, we turned a corner and spotted the rock formations that seem to just appear out of nowhere, as if they were haphazardly dropped from the sky. In this small park's Visitor's Center you will learn that this outcropping of rocks formed from volcanic activity long ago. You can also learn about the area's wildlife, watch a park video, ponder exhibits, including a touch table with various fossils, bones, petrified rocks, and yes, even petrified poop. A few meager supplies and firewood are available here, cash only. The campground itself is comprised of dirt roads, a main loop which meanders around and sometimes through the rock formations. About ten of the forty-plus sites offer electric and water hookups, level gravel pads, shade ramadas, cement pads with a picnic table, and fire pits. These sites are closer together and offer excellent views of the rocks and are convenient to the Visitor's Center. Only a handful of these hookup sites are
reserveable online. All other sites are
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first come, first served, and during our winter break stay, the campground came close to full each night. Although we appreciated the convenience of the water and electric hookup, we did long to be nestled into the rock formations, which all other sites allow. These sites however can be tricky to get level in, but are well worth the maneuvering.. All sites offer fire pits and picnic tables. Climbing on the rocks is permitted, so be prepared with sturdy shoes to walk through the rock formations. Indian grinding rocks provide evidence of previous civilizations here. This place was fascinating and tranquil. A couple of hikes lead from the park: The Hydra Trail which easily walks the perimeter of the park, a trail through the middle of the rock formations, and a more challenging trail that we took up the face of a mountain just to the east. This latter trail offers an outstanding view of the entire park, as well as stunning 270 degree views of the area. The park is remote, so plan accordingly, and also take time to study the Milky Way which is easily viewed at night.

Good Sites: All, but especially Pegasus North Campground (level sites)
Poor Sites: None
Hookups: Electric & Water at sites 1-10 only
Potable Water: Yes
Dump Within Facility: No

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