Red Rock Park
|A dense campground with amazingly-scenic red rock cliffs and a pair of great hikes. The campground hosts many events, so you should check the schedule before deciding to visit unless you want to be there for the event.|
|Campground data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the campground||About the campground||Plants around the campground||Comments|
When we visited it:
|Cleanliness:||9. Only a few pieces of small litter|
|Red Rock Park||Campground||Red Rock Park main campground|
|Map name||Cartographer||Year||Scale||Topo map?||Online access||Notes|
|Guide to Indian Country of Arizona Colorado New Mexico Utah||Automobile Club of Southern California||1998||1:0||N||from Amazon (purchase)||Good overview road map for northwest NM. No scale is given on the map. The corner coordinates are approximate.|
|Wildernesses of New Mexico||US Forest Service||1981||1:1000000||N||No online copies.||Base map with national forests, wilderness areas and highways.|
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Getting to the campground:
Heading west on I-40, take exit 33 and get on the frontage road west. Travel about four miles to NM 566. Turn right (north) on 566 and go half a mile. Turn left at the park entrance (pictured here). The main camping area will be a right turn after about a wuarter mile. The route is well-signed.
About the campground:
The campground is on the edge of a large event field. You can look up the canyon to Navajo Church Rock.
The campground has a prarie dog colony living throughout it. They were too shy for me to get a good photo of them without a longer lens than I own, but you can see their holes and recent digging evidence everywhere.
The campground is very dense. When we were there, it was far from full. This photo shows 15 or 16 campsites. Only about half of them have a picnic table. Full, the campground will be a parking area.
Most of the campsites are shaded by either elm trees struggling to live in a drought or occasional cottonwood trees, also thirsty.
Plants we saw around the campground:
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