Sunset in the Coconino National Forest, looking northeast toward Sedona, AZ, 4/17/15

Sunday, February 23, 2014

City of Rocks

Since the weather had finally warmed up east of Arizona, I headed into New Mexico to visit my friend Bri.  On my way there, via the State Route back roads, I knew that I'd be passing by several National Forest Campgrounds in which I could spend the night.  But, as fate would have it, I saw a sign to turn right for the City of Rocks State Park.  I made the turn.

Friends Jerry and Nelda spoke highly of this park; and they were right!  It has an other-worldly feel about it.  The campsites are hidden among monolithic boulders.  It reminds me a lot of the rock formations at Joshua Tree National Park.

The road to the park, looking away from the rocks. 
Gently rolling hills, grassland with yucca and ocotillo.  2/18/14

This is from that same road, looking toward the City of Rocks.  2/18/14. 

Sign placed near where the two pictures above were taken.
It reads, in part, "Wind and water gradually sculpted the volcanic
 tuff  ... creating the rows of monolithic blocks ... sites are
tucked away among these Stonehenge-like formations ..."  2/18/14

My Prius in the campsite, dwarfed by the super large rocks.  2/16/14

My Prius and campsite to the left,
and my nearest neighbor hidden among the rocks to the right.  2/16/14
My first night at this campground I kept hearing a loud squeaking noise every now and again, echoing among the rocks.  The next morning I realized that it was a windmill creaking every time it began to turn.  It pumps water.  Somehow knowing that the noise came from a windmill made it less annoying.
What did become a bit annoying was the constant wind.  It was most windy in the afternoons.
When this windmill starts to turn in the wind, it creaks loudly.  2/16/14
Such a pleasant surprise to find this park.  I would return again, despite the wind and the squeaking windmill.


  1. Awesome post Suanne. Did you get any wifi or phone service there...especially with the big rocks? Other than the wind, it looks beautiful. How many nights did you stay? Have you been to the other state parks in the area? Thinking we oughta give this stuff a try. Good to see you> Love ya Kyndal

    1. Hey Kyndal! Good to hear from you. My cell (voice) is through T-Mobile and I had no service there (no surprise). My data plan is with Verizon and I could get 2 bars of 3G if I went around one of the large rocks at my campsite (no booster). City of Rocks is a cool place; I'm sure you'd love it.

  2. Cool place, does look similar to Joshua Tree, but without the Joshua Trees! Thanks for the keeping us posted on your travels, really love your blog.

    1. Looking forward to seeing you guys soon!

  3. AAh. I miss my old creaky windmill. You have such nice photos, how about some information about your camera systems?

    1. Thank you ccb. I'm glad to have you following along. I use the camera on a Samsung Galaxy S II smart phone (8mb, SGH-T989). I edit the photos in Picasa. Nothing fancy. Suanne


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