One afternoon during my stay in Silver City, Captain and I drove out to the City of Rocks State Park and also visited the nearby Faywood Hot Springs.
From a distance City of Rocks looks like this:
An island of rocks surrounded by desert:
This partial view gives a better impression of what City of Rocks is all about:
There is also a campground and a picnic area.
We wander about the many passages…
…to be found among this haphazard “city” of rocks.
Here’s Captain walking along one of the “streets”:
Here we are in the very center of the city:
Captain tries to decide which way to go:
Maybe this way?
A view of the desert from the city center:
Here’s another part of town:
Some of the local vegetation, yuccas, with their blossoms (somewhat faded here) which are the New Mexico state flower:
After that we went to the nearby Faywood Hot Springs resort which…
…on a hot day in the desert may seem a bit strange…
…but it’s really a very nice place and I’d like to give the owners some help and encouragement.
I confess that I took these next few pictures a few days later when, on my own, I went back to Faywood on a rainy day and camped over night. The skies are now grey and the canopy has been drawn back:
I was driven out of the Gila Mountains by some of the remnants of tropical storm Odile…
…which brought a lot of rain, several days running, to Arizona and New Mexico. I’m not complaining. These states need the water and I won’t begrudge them whatever rainfall they get. More about Odile in the next few posts.
So I camped at Faywood…
…under grey skies…
…and had the campground to myself.
During the night it rained heavily. I was awake very early and had a long soak as the rain came down. I even went back to my campsite and took a shower in the rain. Luckily neither the air nor the rain were cold.