Volcanic ash, wind, and water shaped City of Rocks State into rows of monolithic blocks. Outdoor adventurers will love the hiking trails and night sky observatory.

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Active and Adventure Review of City of Rocks State Park

Away Travel Expert: Steve Metzger
ActiveExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Day Hiking
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  • Huge "rocks" tower above the desert landscape, forming a 40-acre maze of passageways with walls reaching 50 feet. Actually, they're not rocks at all but remains of a several-million-year-old lava flow, perhaps originating as far away as Albuquerque.
  • Picnic areas and several dozen campsites are scattered among the towers, most of them nicely private.

US 180 northwest 24 miles; northeast on NM 61 for 4 miles
New Mexico

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Telephone Number: 575-536-2800
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