City of Rocks
ElevationAscent: 703' 214 m
Descent: -696' -212 m
High: 5,728' 1,746 m
Low: 5,201' 1,585 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“A well-maintained route around volcanic rock pinnacles with a view of the New Mexico desert.”— Brendan Ross
A number of campsites, including ten powered sites, are available. Unique, clean, and with a nice running trail, City of Rocks is an ideal camping stop for runners traveling along I-10 through southern New Mexico.
The turnoff to Table Mountain is at the mile point. Watch for a break in the fence to the right. The trail follows contours up the mesa, climbing twice, and ends at the southwest corner of the mountain. Although no trail on the top exists, it can be explored for some amazing views. The only way back down is via the trail. Reaching the bottom, Hydra Trail continues much as before, circling around the pinnacles before ending at the Botanical Garden just west of the Visitor Center.
Runers interested in adding mileage can do so at various points. The park trail map shows an extension on the west side of the trails, and a loop can be made by taking the main access road south and then east to the observation point, circling back via Observation Point Connector. There are also a number of shorter trails that pass through the pinnacles, including the Planet Walk Trail, which features a number of astronomical displays.
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Land Manager: New Mexico State Parks - City of Rocks State Park