Friday, March 25, 2011

City of Rocks, New Mexico

After our Queen Mine tour, we left Bisbee and drove 200 miles east to City of Rocks, New Mexico, where we’re now camped at the City of Rocks State Park.
Formed of volcanic ash welded together 35 million years ago, then sculpted by wind and water into rows of monolithic blocks, these incredible rock formations give City of Rocks its name. Hiking trails, a botanical garden and a public night sky observatory make up the components of this unusual place.  (Ryan and Adrienne: remember “Rock City” in Idaho where Dad took each of you? It’s reminiscent of this place in terms of the cool rocks and scrambling opportunities). This place pops up, seemingly out of nowhere, in the middle of a mile-high desert plain in southwest New Mexico, covering maybe a 1 or 2 square mile area.
We took a walk through the tiny botanical garden and clambered among the rocks and along the hiking trails for a while after getting our camp spot set up. It’s very windy here, though the low temp today was 36 and the high was 73, so not bad in the afternoon with a light jacket on.

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