SP Campground Review – City of Rocks, NM
A very cool campground smack in the middle of the surreal City of Rocks in SW New Mexico!
- Site Quality = 4/5
There’s a wide selection of sites here. The electric sites just outside the rocks near the visitors center are excellent. They are huge, decently flat gravel sites (6 pull-through and 4 back-in) with 30Amp/water, good separation, lovely landscaping, fire-pit, picnic table and shelters. Then, there’s the “rock” section around the very bumpy campground loop road. These are non hook-up plain dirt sites with picnic table/fire-pits and (very) varying size and levelness, but they’re situated beautifully right within the rocks. Most are probably better suited for smaller rigs or tents, but a few are flat and large enough to handle “beast size”. For 40-foot+ we thought the best choices were #2, #26-29 and #16-17, with #16 being huge, very private and our personal winner. In the electric section #E10 on the end was our favorite.
- Facilities = 3.5/5
The facilities are decent. Large bathrooms and showers, kept nicely clean. Shower pressure is decent and temperature good, but you do have the timer-buttons and those spray-type shower-heads.
- Location = 4.5/5
You come here for the rocks and on that point this place gets top marks. You can camp, climb, play and run right in the rocks plus there’s several miles of hiking trails (both outside & within the rocks). You’re ~30-miles North of Deming and ~30-miles South of Silver City for day-trips (including the very fun Pinos Altos). Slight ding for no dump station.
- Pet Friendliness = 5/5
Great park for pooch. Doggie has plenty of space to hang out and is welcome to climb the rocks with you.
Overall Rating = 4.25
BONUS ALERT = Camp, play and climb right in the middle of the surreal City of Rocks!
Summary: This campground is ALL about the rocks and it’s 100% worth it for that alone. The City of Rocks is a surreal cluster of gorgeous rocks located in the middle of nowhere half-way between Deming and Silver City. There’s a small selection of 10 very nice, huge (enormous) electric sites with 30Amp/water just outside the rocks and then there’s 45 sites of varying size within the rocks themselves. The road around the loop is very bumpy and for bigger rigs the best sites seem around #2 (at front), #16, 17 (reservation) or #27-29. For medium-sized rigs there’s alot more choice. There’s also several miles of hiking trails, a lovely overlook and hours of fun getting lost within the rocks. We had a blast hanging out here and would recommend everyone to experience this unique spot at least once in their lives.
Extra Info: Amazingly we had full 3G Verizon signal for both the smartphone and aircard. Sites cost $10/night for developed (non hook-up = 45 sites), $14/night for water/30Amp electric (10 sites). Camping fees can be covered with New Mexico Annual Camping Permit. 8 sites reservable, others are first-come-first-serve. On-site water spigot, but NO dump station.