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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Spring 33-83 F
Summer 56-92 F
Fall 43-88 F
Winter 27-60 F
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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 fromRVshare.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 owncampground, 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 isSilver 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.

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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.

City of Rocks State Park Per Vehicle : $5.0

$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!

Frequently Asked Questions About City of Rocks State Park

What is the best time of year to visit City of Rocks State Park?

May through September is the optimal time to visit City of Rocks State Park. The rest of the year has cold temperatures and high amounts of snow. This makes it difficult to hike or climb the trails.

What kind of wildlife can be found in City of Rocks State Park?

While visiting City of Rocks State Park, you will view deer, jackrabbits, chipmunks, and yellow-bellied marmots. Elk, coyote, and bobcats may be spotted as well. Look overhead to see hawks and songbirds.

Is City of Rocks State Park accessible for disabled visitors?

This park is accessible to disabled visitors. Upon check-in at the visitor center, rangers will provide information about the ability requirements for specific campsites and trails. All bathrooms are accessible to wheelchairs.

Are pets allowed at City of Rocks State Park?

This park is pet-friendly. During your visit, your dogs must be leashed at all times. They must never dig at climbing areas. No animal is allowed to be left unattended.

Are there designated RV camping spots in City of Rocks State Park?

City of Rocks State Park has 64 standard campsites. RVs are welcome to park in 32 of these spots. Each space has a grill, picnic table, and fire ring. Six sites offer full hookups.