Situated in the desert, about 33 miles southeast of Silver City NM, sets the pile of amazing rocks that is City of Rocks State Park. Intermingled amongst the huge boulders are campsites. I found one that was tucked into the middle of the rock formations.
This was dry camping; meaning no electric or water hook-ups. I relied on my batteries for power and on propane for the stove and furnace. Just me and Tardis against the elements. Well, sort of; there were restrooms and a visitor center at the park. While I did visit the displays, I didn’t use any facilities. Making my e-devices last for the duration meant rationing my usage, since I was not able to recharge them with the inverter.
Access to lots of trails up into the rocks, right from my campsite, made hiking easy; and I took full advantage. The formation of rocks extends for about a mile. But, the variety of ways to hike it, in and around the rocks, can add up to much more. Plus there are other trails out into the surrounding desert.
Two gardens of desert plants also got my attention. One highlighted different types of trees, which was different. But, they seemed to be less developed than ones at the other parks. Water is provided from two old style windmills on the property, so I suspect it is a limited supply.
On the last night, I was going to attend the stargazers event at the on site observatory. An astronomer comes down from Silver City to give a presentation on the stars. And, campers get to look through the powerful telescope. However, it was canceled due to cloud cover; which is a rare occurrence I was told.
The adventure lasted for four and a half days. Temperatures were about to get much colder. Plus, I had some business to attend to in the big city. So, I decided to move along. On the way out, I visited their Observation Point atop an adjacent hill. Another cluster of rocks was passed on the way up. It was great fun in a really unique setting.
Camp: City of Rocks SP
Scene: Desert, rocks, trails