City of Rocks State Park

No short text A unique campground situated amongst some of the most unusual rock formations you will ever see. The rocks, which rise up to 40 ft above the ground, were formed by a volcanic ash flow millions of years ago. If you visit in the spring, the botanical gardens will be full of cacti in bloom.

Campground data:

Controlling agency: New Mexico State Parks; City of Rocks
Region: Southwest; Near Silver City.
CG elevation: 5226ft; 1593m
Campsite count: 52. Claimed 10 in the RV area which is dense and like a parking lot. We only counted 6. The rest are more dispersed through the rocks.
Visual density: 0.00. Visual density not recorded. From memory, some campsites are pleasantly isolated, whereas at an RV site, you can see all of the other RVs (unless there is a large one in the way :-).
Fee: $10.00. Primitive sites $8.00, developed sites $10.00, add $4.00 each for electricity and sewer.
Season: All year. A great winter camping location. Summer is likely to be hot.
Dogs: Yes. on leash
Horses: Unknown.
Handicapped accessible: Yes.
General tent notes: Plenty of good tent areas.
RV parking surface: pavement
RV pull-through spaces? Yes.
RV parking notes: like a parking lot
General notes: A great campground for kids.
Campground facilities: water, trash can(s), vault toilet(s), flush toilet(s) (at visitor center), fire pit, showers (at visitor center), electrical hookups (in the RV area), water hookups (in the RV area), sewer hookups (in the RV area), reservation sites (in the RV area).
Campground attractions: hiking, wildlife, wildflowers, scenery, geology, year-round access.

When we visited it:

Date: 2000-12-29
Cleanliness: 10.


Waypoint Type Description
CORCGCampgroundCity of Rocks state park campground


Paper maps:
Map name Cartographer Year Scale Topo map? Online access Notes
Gila National Forest US Forest Service 1997 1:126720 N from Amazon (purchase) South half
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:

From Deming or Silver City, take US 180 towards the city you are not in. At the junction with NM 61, take it northeast. After about four miles, you will see the sign for the road which takes you to the campground.

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About the campground:

Our truck in site 16
To the left, our truck sits in site 16. As you can see, the rocks are somewhat other-worldly.
You can walk around through the rocks, as you can see Diana doing here. Wandering amongst them is one of the major attractions of camping here.
Diana walking amongst the rocks
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Another representative campsite.

Plants we saw around the campground:

Reader comments about this campground:

On Sat Jan 17 20:39:13 2004 LAJUANA MCBRIDE from HEREFORD AZ said:
We were there and the view was just magnificent and the grounds were manicured very well.

The hiking was great and the camp hosts were very informative.

The towns are close by for your window shopping and restaurants are great!

There are a lot of historical places to visit.

There were several camping spaces available and it has a nice big Restroom very clean.

If you go you will surely enjoy it as much as we did.

On Tue Oct 18 17:01:27 2005 Fred Scott from somewhere said:
We were here a few years back in November with our Airstream, we found it very interesting and recomending it to friends who are coming down that way in January 2006.

When we were there, there was not a person around and spent the night there under a full moon.

We enjoyed BBQ steak with a bottle of wine in one of the pictures displayed on the this web site c/w steps, table beside a tree and place to cook your meal with backdrop of big shape rocks. During the night we heard a vehicle travelling down some road. In the morning we woke to find a big black bull at our door. Yes we enjoyed our stay and never forgot the City of Rocks.

Fred Scott retired in Parker Cove on Lake Okanagan BC

On Tue Jul 17 14:49:18 2007 Anonymous from Encinitas, CA said:
My husband and I took a driving/cycling trip to New Mexico and camped at City of Rocks campground on 5/26/07, a Saturday night. We stopped at the visitors center, where I spotted a ranger, and asked him the location of the showers. He repeatedly asked me if I had paid for a campsite, and he seemed to be very suspicious. (We had just stuffed our envelope with $10. into the self-pay station). Later that night, in the dark, he came by and asked to see our payment receipt, which he scrutinized by flashlight. He didn't seem to stop by anyone else's campsite to look at their proof of payment. I'm not sure why he was so rude, unless he was assuming that we were bums, because our Toyota pickup truck was about 13 years old. The campground was filled with people blaring their country music for all to hear, vehicles constantly circling the campgrounds, and kids yelling their lumgs out. Not exactly a serene camping experience.

On Sat Mar 29 18:08:55 2008 Nicky from Somewhere said:
I was there on 3-28-2008 and at the campsite we were at their was firepits with little metal grill grates that you could put/flip over the fire. There were showers at the visitor center. The was a water tower at the front of the campgrounds by the visiter

On Thu Apr 23 23:21:51 2009 Trish S. from Albuquerque, NM said:
Visited for Easter Weekend, 4/09, and it was fantastic! We arrived on Thursday and had our choice of sites. The RVs are stuck in a parking lot away from the gorgeous rocks (but nearby the Visitor Center). The tent camping sites have nicely flat tent spots and are well maintained. Sites are tucked away behind, around, and in between the rocks. Garbage cans are available for each site and are hidden from view with newly built rock wall enclosures. Early walks before sunrise we met with hares, rabbits, and owls. Even saw nests built up high in the larger rocks. Wind can be a problem late afternoon/evenings, so pick your site with a thought to wind blocks and protection from the afternoon sun. Our site, Hercules #24, had both and an oak tree for shade over the picnic table. Also a great view to the surrounding areas. Firewood is nonexistant; ask the Ranger about purchasing locally. A very nice lady sells cut wood for a great price; she lives just a bit further East on the main road. Water can be a problem, so bring plenty. Supplies have to be restocked from Deming, which is not a quick drive. The showers in the Visitors Center are clean and hot, but they are shut off part-time during busy weekend hours to conserve water. Great family place! Kids can explore, hike, and really lose themselves without going far. The rocks are spectacular and have to be seen to be appreciated.

On Thu Apr 23 23:24:18 2009 Trish S. from Albuquerque, NM said:
Wanted to add a caution that Faywood Hot Springs are closed down indefinitely! Bummer.

On Tue May 26 11:52:15 2009 Larry Brazie from Tucson, AZ said:
On May 22, 23, 24th my girlfriend Joy and I camped at this lovely site and we both enjoyed the peaceful solitude, the security patrol by staff, and the clean park. We look forward to many more trips to your campsite as we both loved it! Larry & Joy

On Mon Jul 27 21:18:19 2009 Lisa from el paso, tx said:
Visited City of Rocks this past weekend (July 26, 2009)on the way home from camping at the Grapevine campground in the Gila Forest. Grapevine campground was GREAT! City of Rocks was very nice but very hot!! Kids enjoyed running around but was a little too hot so they tired out too fast. Would definitely return in the spring or fall!

We enjoyed our picnic lunch and then headed home.

On Fri Nov 13 10:43:49 2009 Roland from Innsbruck, Austria, Europe said:
It is a great place, so we have been there in August 09, it was silent, clear evening and night an I not often saw a place like this. We were coming from White sand dunes and went next to Petriefied forrest. We also saw a snake on the ground near the visitor center. The byrds also were sitting on the ground nearby ans let us know were it was lying. The nigt was so clear, we were grilling and enyoyed it very much.

On Tue Mar 29 11:25:08 2011 Sara Allison & Kip Welch from Fischer, Texas said:
Our stay at City of Rocks in September 2010 was great. We loved it! Lots of privacy, peace and quiet. Right up our alley. Hiking and exploring around the huge rocks and trails was fun and the nights were just so beautiful with the bright stars and moon to look at from our tent. Very good shower vacility. Camping there was the best and we definitely will be coming back.

On Tue Sep 20 16:54:48 2011 Greg Wood from Laguna Beach, CA said:

I visited all of the State Parks in NM last fall.

I took photos of each individual campsite at each State Park and made them into short videos.

You are welcome to embed them if you would like.

My channel is here:

Of the hundreds of campgrounds that I have visited, the State Parks in NM rank at the top.



On Fri Jul 22 13:30:27 2016 Mrs Smith from El Paso said:
We camped here yearly until about 2yrs ago. We always bring out dog & leash her. Well this time there was a family of kids running around the place with their poodle , who was not on a leash. When we said something to the ranger he claimed he'd take care of it. Of course he didn't. The dog was out loose again. But he came by to tell us to make our parking ticket showed & to keep our leashed dog on a leash. Smdh.

On Thu Jul 28 20:29:41 2016 Mrs Smith from El Paso said:
We camped here yearly until about 2yrs ago. We always bring our dog & leash her. Well this time there was a family of kids running around the place with their poodle, who was not on a leash. When we said something to the ranger he claimed he'd take care of it. Of course he didn't. The dog was out loose again. But he came by to tell us to make sure our parking ticket showed & to keep our leashed dog on a leash. Smdh.

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