A wonderful week in New Mexico

Like a kid going to the dentist, we wanted to get our sticker — the New Mexico one to place on our “been there, stayed 5 consecutive nights” state map.  We were headed from Arizona to Texas and cutting across the bottom of New Mexico and found some neat places to pass along.

City of Rocks State Park near Silver City NM.  We were on our way to Faywood or Truth or Consequences to enjoy some hot spring soaking and the name of this park YELLED to us to visit.  We ended up staying three nights because it is such a great little state park.  The campground has water and electric at six sites with the remaining sites spread out and tucked in and around the base of the rock formations.  We opted for the last site with electric ($14/night) since it was getting down to 18 degrees for a couple of nights.

The small visitor center is informative and the whole park is super tidy and clean.

Globby rock formations

Globby rock formations

Not large but interesting hiking around rocks

You can climb and hike around rocks

Typical site at City of Rocks SP

Typical site at City of Rocks SP

Balancing rock

Balancing rock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jal Lake City Park

Lakefront sites at City Park

Lakefront sites at City Park

No surprise we love small towns and do most everything to plan our routes on back roads.  The most Southeast town in New Mexico is Jal.  The town has been impacted by the huge gas and oil exploration in the area and has seen many cycles of boom and bust.  In fact we were very surprised driving through Southern New Mexico how many new gas jack pumps were being installed and how many were pumping.

view of the free rv sites

view of the free rv sites

We found a little jewel of a city park in Jal and it was even better because they allow 3 nights of free overnight RV parking with electric and water.  All sites even have a covered picnic table and there is access to a paved one mile trail around the lake.

Small cities have a tough time attracting tourists and this is a great way to do it by offering RV spots.  I sent an email to the city manager, park director, and mayor to say what a wonderful park it is for a small city and to say thank you for the free RV sites.  They not only wrote back, but invited us for a cup of coffee the next time we were in town.  LOVE IT!

The other highlight in New Mexico was visiting Hatch which grows a bunch of green chiles and so the local restaurants have items that revolve around…green chiles.  We had a wonderful burger slathered with chiles that was sooooo good. I wanted to buy some spices and dried pepper however they sold everything in large quantities.

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Active dino in Hatch, NM.

Interesting updated RV

Interesting updated RV

Snow in Cloudcroft, NM as we were passing over mountain

Snow in Cloudcroft, NM as we were passing over mountain in National Forest

 

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4 Responses to A wonderful week in New Mexico

  1. Marijke Schellenbach says:

    Did you get some good Hatch chiles while you were there?

    • gconthemove says:

      Well that was my intention – you had to buy such large quantities of peppers and bulk spices that I wasn’t able to. Did buy some green chile salsa that I’m saving for a happy hour with you and Tony!

  2. We loved City of Rocks, too. The Fireball was tucked into a towering rock formation for a couple of days – there are so many great campsites there. Were you in the section that’s up and away from the VC?

    Thanks for sharing the reference on Jal. Love that you got such a nice response to your note.

    • gconthemove says:

      We would have loved to have one of the spots tucked back in the rocks but it was WINDY and cold so we stayed in the campground with electric. Will go back again. Did you hike to top of table mountain – the big bluff near campground?

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