City of Rocks State Park RV & Campground Guide

New Mexico

City of Rocks State Park

is located in Faywood, in south-west New Mexico. The park gets its name from the incredible rock formations found here. Representing monolithic blocks and pinnacles, these rock formations were formed by volcanic ash some 30 million years ago. City of Rocks encompasses a one square mile area in the scenic Chihuahuan desert region and contains numerous hiking trails, picnic areas, a desert botanical garden, Star Observatory, and more. Numerous animals also call the park home, including deer, antelope, javelinas, and jackrabbits, as well as over 35 species of birds.

City of Rocks State Park experiences warm weather for most of the year, with temperatures reaching as high as 92°F in summer. In winter, visitors can expect daytime temperatures as high as 60°F, which fall to lows of 27° at night. There’s much to learn about this area, so if you’re planning a visit to this park anytime soon, or you’re just curious to know what else makes this such a popular southwestern New Mexico destination for campers, read on.

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Weather
Spring 33-83 F
Summer 56-92 F
Fall 43-88 F
Winter 27-60 F
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Nearby Cities
Deming, NM
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RV Resorts & Campsites in City of Rocks State Park

If you’re thinking about staying in or near City of Rocks State Park, why not do so in an RV? Unlike tents, RVs provide you with a soft, comfortable bed, as well as your own private bathroom and fully-stocked kitchen. If you don’t own an RV, you can rent an RV from RVshare.com to suit your budget or needs. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you succeed.

City of Rocks State Park has its own campground, offering over 50 sites, including those equipped with full hookups for RVs. The campground is open year-round and daily rates are $10. Spaces can fill quickly, however, so we’ve also included some RV parks and campgrounds within the local area below.

Silver City KOA Holiday

Just a 40-minute drive from the state park is Silver City KOA Holiday, which consistently gets 5-star ratings from its guests. Its tidy, manicured lawns and scenic surroundings will have you feeling at ease. Plus, there’s something here for the whole family to enjoy, whether it’s swimming in the heated pool, hiking the nearby trails, or playing at the on-site sports courts.

 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: heated swimming pool, playground, basketball court, soccer field, volleyball, tether ball, horseshoes, dog park, cable tv.

Mountain Spirits RV Park

Mountain Spirits RV Park located near Silver City, New Mexico on the Trail of the Mountain Spirits and at the gateway to the Gila National Forest. With its 5800 feet elevation, you can expect spectacular views, cool canyon breezes, and a place you’ll love calling home – no matter how long you stay! Daily rates start at $27.50 per couple.

 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: showers, laundry facilities, book and video library, clubhouse, dry storage areas.

Hidden Valley Ranch RV Resort

Hidden Valley Ranch RV Resort is nestled in the high New Mexican desert, surrounded by the foothills of the Cooke's Mountain Range. Here you can find quiet solitude, desert beauty and diverse wildlife. Daily rates start at $25.62 per couple.

 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: clubhouse, library, pool table, BBQ area, fire pit area, showers and restrooms, horse boarding stables.

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What to Do at
City of Rocks State Park

Inside City of Rocks State Park

City of Rocks State Park might be very popular for camping, but people also flock here because of the wide range of fun outdoor activities on offer. This park isn’t your average destination, with its unusual rock formations of up to 40 feet high, its Star Observatory, and cacti gardens. Whether you’re hoping to enjoy hiking the park’s famous trails, picnicking, or more – there’s certainly something for every type of traveler at City of Rocks.

Hiking: The state park’s trail loop is made up of the Hydra Trail, with an extension to Table Mountain, taking hikers to one of the best viewpoints in southern New Mexico. The trail can be accessed at a few different points throughout the park. There are also some shorter trails that pass through the pinnacles, including the Planet Walk Trail, which features a number of astronomical displays.

Stargazing: Remember how we told you the state park has amazing stargazing opportunities? It has its own Star Observatory, as well as a monthly Stars-N-Parks program where you can join members of the National Public Observatory for a green-laser tour of the cosmos.

Picnicking: City of Rocks State Park also has beautiful picnic areas for visitors to sit, relax, and enjoy a bite to eat. Could there be anything nicer than spending a lazy afternoon among nature with stunning rock formation views?

Wildlife viewing: The state park is also a great place to spot wildlife, including animals such as deer, antelope, javelinas, and jackrabbits. Birdwatchers can also rejoice, as there are over 35 species of birds to spot within the park.

Outside City of Rocks State Park

If you thought the park has lots on offer, then you’re going to be delighted by just how many experiences are available to you outside of the park in south-west New Mexico, including stunning sightseeing, award-winning restaurants, and amazing shopping experiences.

Restaurants

Jalisco Café

When visiting New Mexico, it just wouldn’t feel right if you didn’t enjoy some Mexican food along the way! Jalisco Café serves south-of-the-border cooking in 3 rooms adorned with Mexican details. Here, you can enjoy a hearty Mexican meal to fuel your next hiking adventure!

Type: Mexican

Location: Silver City, New Mexico

Buckhorn Saloon & Opera House

Located in Pinos Altos, the “bar on the mountain” sits at 7000 feet. Since it first opened in the 1860’s, the Buckhorn has been a gathering place for great food, music and camaraderie. You’ll love the atmosphere here, as well as the historic décor and delicious meals!

Type: Fine dining and historic bar

Location: Pinos Altos, NM

Diane's Restaurant

Fancy a nice, global-inspired meal during your state park stay? Diane's Restaurant is an eclectic bistro serving refined cuisine with global influences along with goods from Diane's Bakery. The restaurant’s motto is “high end food with family-size portions”, so you know you’re in for a treat!

Type: Fine dining

Location: Silver City, NM

Shopping

Silver City Trading Co. Antiques Mall

If you’re looking to pick up some wonderful antiques or vintage items during your time in New Mexico, then you’ll love visiting theSilver City Trading Co. Antiques Mall. You’ll find a little bit of everything here, including comics, collectors books, records, bears, furniture, jewelry, and so much more.

Location: Silver City, NM

Bealls

If wet weather is preventing you from enjoying the state’s park’s recreational activities, then a spot of shopping may be what you need! Bealls is a department store containing clothing, shoes, and accessories for the family, plus housewares and electronics.

Location: Silver City, NM

Sightseeing

Silver City Museum

It’s worth gaining an insight into the unique history of the region at the Silver City Museum. Exhibits present a collection of over 20,000 objects and nearly 17,000 photos, while educational programs, activities, and events provide something for the entire family to enjoy.

Location: Silver City, NM

Gila National Forest

The Gila National Forest features 3.3 million acres of forested hills, majestic mountains and range land. The Gila Wilderness was the first wilderness in the United States and is celebrated for its magnificent mountain scenery. The region’s cool summer temperatures and relatively warm winters permit a wide range of recreational opportunities during all seasons.

Location: Alma, NM

Deming Luna Mimbres Museum

The Deming Luna Mimbres Museum houses exhibits relating to the everyday lives of the citizens of Deming and the Mimbres Valley. You can expect to see incredible collections of photographs, Indian artifacts, gems and geodes, Mimbres pottery, and so much more. The museum is open Monday - Saturday 9am to 4pm and admission is free.

Location: Deming, NM

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How to Get to
City of Rocks State Park

To get to City of Rocks State Park from Deming, take US 180 northwest 24 miles, and then go northeast on NM 61 for four miles to the park access road.

Entering City of Rocks State Park

The state park’s gates are open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. There is no charge for hikers or bicyclers.

Per Vehicle : $5

$15 for buses

We’re very excited that you’re planning a trip to City of Rocks State Park. Once you’ve finished exploring all that the park has to offer, there are also some incredible opportunities waiting for you outside of its gates! During or after your stay, we encourage you to tag us in any of your social media posts, or why not share your photos and experience with us at [email protected]? We may even feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!