What to do in City of Rocks State Park

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.

Visitors can see a sampling of southwestern plants and animals. 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.

Park amenities include a visitor center and a campground with 57 developed sites, 10 with electrical hookup. Restrooms and showers are also available.

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.

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.

Recreation
Viewing the geological formations of the area is the main activity at the park. Other recreation opportunities include camping, picnicking, hiking the trails, and viewing wildlife.

Location
City of Rocks State Park is located in south western region of the state. It is located off of State Highway 61, south east of Silver City, NM.

Climate
Annual precipitation is 15.69 inches. Summer temperatures range from lows around 56 to highs around 86. Winter temps range from lows of 26 to highs around 53.

Address
P.O. Box 50
Paywood, NM 88034

Phone: 505-536-2800

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