After a night camped beside the stables at the fairgrounds in Safford, Arizona we headed east into New Mexico. We crossed a desert where yucca, straight out of Dr. Seuss, dot the roadside, and arrived at City of Rocks State Park in the afternoon.
We really didn’t know what to expect, but were immediately impressed when we saw the rocks rising from the desert in the distance.
The best thing about the park is that access to the rocks isn’t restricted in any way.
The desert landscape is even more beautiful against a vertical backdrop.
The rock that forms the City of Rocks was created 35 million years ago by the eruption of a nearby volcano. Over the millennia erosion sculpted the rock into its present form.
City of Rocks is a small, unique state park, not more than a few square miles in size. The dirt road around the rocks is a bit bumpy, but still accessible by motorhomes. Most of the campsites are primitive, without any hookups, but there are some bathrooms. Some of the spaces will accommodate even large motorhomes.
We found a nice spot up against the rocks facing nothing but miles of open desert.
In the evening we attended a star party, where astronomers gave a guided talk about the crystal clear night sky of New Mexico. They pointed out the visible planets, major stars, and constellations using a green laser, and we looked through 2 telescopes, including one which is permanently mounted in a small observatory in the park.
Like cloud gazing, looking at the rocks brings images to mind. What do you see here?