City of Rocks Campground

Last night we stayed at the City of Rocks Campground.  We couldn’t resist.  We fell in love with the place.  It is the first time that we did some dry camping (no electricity and no water).  It worked well.  Last year, in our fifth wheel, we weren’t set up for dry camping.  It opens up possibilities to be able to do it with the motor home.  We weren’t able to level the site as well as we would have liked, but for one night it worked okay.  We couldn’t have been happier with the location on the edge of the desert.  We spent a lot of time observing the wildlife in our vicinity and could easily stay here longer.

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Our beautiful campsite in City of Rocks State Park, New Mexico.
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Flower blooming in Chihuahuan Desert.
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Bird in Chihuahuan Desert. Is this a Canyon Wren? If you know what it is, please let me know. It was poking around in a gully.

After we arrived at the campsite, I left to pay for it.  When I got back, Regis warned me about the bees’ nest in the trunk of the tree at our campsite.  We avoided the tree and had no problem enjoying our stay.  But, it was funny that we encountered another bunch of bees at the top of the mesa on yesterday’s hike.  Two bees’ nests in one day!

At the campsite next to ours is a large nest in an opening in the rock.  It is a very large nest, so it is probably a nest for a bird of prey.  We didn’t see any bird activity, but it is a great place for a nest.

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Birds nest.
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Bird’s nest in this opening at the top of the rock on the left.

Our original plan was to spend 3 days in New Mexico while passing through.  We have stayed 5 days and could spend a whole summer here.  Since we have other plans, we will add this to a future adventure to spend more time.  Our current plan is to come back through Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

The sunset over the desert was beautiful.  The moon was very bright last night and lit up the desert.  The rocks looked very dramatic at night in the moonshine.

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Sunset over the desert.