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City of Rocks State Park

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City of Rocks gets its name from the incredible volcanic rock formations found here.

The park encompasses a one square mile area in the scenic Chihuahuan desert region of southwestern New Mexico at an elevation of 5,200 feet. The “city” is a geologic formation made up of large, sculptured rock columns, or pinnacles, rising as high as 40 feet and separated by paths or lanes resembling city streets. These rocks were formed about 34.9 million years ago when a very large volcano erupted. Then, erosion over millions of years slowly formed the sculptured columns seen today, creating a stunning, otherworldly landscape.

Located about halfway between Silver City and Deming, City of Rocks offers camp sites, hiking trails, excellent mountain biking, wildlife viewing, birding, stargazing, picnic areas and a desert botanical garden. The uniquely designed, new Visitor Center includes a large display area and modern restrooms with hot showers. City of Rocks State Park is your official sponsor of adventure!

Park Elevation 5,259 ft

Please see the Park Alerts section for more information.


  • Camping
  • Education Programs
  • Picnicking
  • Trails:
    • 5.5 Miles
    • Hiking
    • Mountain Biking
    • Interpretive Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing

  • Online Reservation Sites:
    • 1 W+ E Sites (50 amp)
    • 3 W+ E Sites (30 amp)
    • 35 Developed Sites
    • Water in Campground
  • Non-Reservation Sites:
    • 2 W + E Sites (30 amp)
      • Site #E5 Electric, Water, Table, Shelter, Fire Ring
      • Site #E6 Electric, Water, Table, Shelter, Fire Ring
    • 8 Developed sites (One potable water spigot available on the West side of the park near vault toilet #3)
      • Site #7
      • Site #20
      • Site #40
      • Site #41
      •  Site #42
      •  Site #43
      •  Site #44
      •  Site #45
  • Primitive Camping: None.
  • Restrooms:
    • Restrooms with water
    • Showers
    • Vault Toilets
  • Gardens
  • Group Facilities:
    • Group Picnic Shelter
    • Group Camping
  • Visitor Center
    • Exhibits
  • Observatory


327 Hwy 61
Faywood, NM 88034


Gabriel Medrano