November 2015 – Scooting across New Mexico, we left the display of aging missiles at White Sands Missile Range Park and made our way to a place on the map that looked too fun to miss — the City of Rocks. As we traveled, stunning sunrises and sunsets continued to punctuate the start and end of everyday.
The City of Rocks is a huge collection of massive boulders clustered together in a vast open plain. For miles, all we had seen was wide vistas of nothing, barely a bush and not even a tree. Then we suddenly saw “the city” ahead.
New Mexico has turned this “urban” landscape into a wonderful state park that is essentially a huge campground with hiking trails scattered through and around it.
At the entrance to the park there is an area with electric and water RV hookups.
The rest of the “city” is filled with charming campsites that snuggle up against the rocks.
We were enchanted. What a fun place to camp!
We hopped on our bikes and checked out the trail that encircles the whole area. This is a very pleasant trail for walking (it’s just a few miles long) or for biking.
We had fun taking our bikes around the campground loops.
The trail also climbs a steep hill at one point, and we had a blast bombing down the road.
Early one morning, we spotted a hawk that was surprisingly calm and didn’t seem to mind us too much.
Each campsite is unique, and they come in various sizes and shapes.
Some campsites are fairly level and some are very unlevel, but each one is charming.
On the Pegasus North Loop you can get away from it all and be quite far away from the “hubub” of “the city.” However, if you want to stay more than one night on that loop, you have to reserve in advance.
We loved this little spot, and highly recommend it to anyone planning a visit to New Mexico. For RV travelers that are headed east-west on I-10, the nice thing is it’s not too far from the freeway — just under 30 miles.
The cost when we stayed at City of Rocks was $10/night for dry camping and $18/night for electric and water hookups. The cool thing about New Mexico is that you can purchase an annual State Parks camping permit (currently $225 for non-New Mexico residents and $180 for the lucky in-state crowd) that gives you huge discounts on overnight camping. If you have one of these nifty camping permits, the dry camping sites are free and the electric/water sites are $4/night. More info below…
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More info about City of Rocks:
- City of Rocks State Park – Official Website
- New Mexico State Park Camping Fees – Official Info
- RVers that have used the Annual NM State Park Camping Permit a lot: WatsonsWander and Roadtreking
- Where is City of Rocks State Park? – Google Maps
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