Hey there, we are Kristin & Jason, the faces behind The Wild Thornsberrys. We moved out to Las Cruces, NM back in October of 2015 for work from Louisville, Kentucky. Before moving, neither of us has really crossed the Mississippi besides a trip to Yellowstone together. So, moving to southern New Mexico was quite a shock but we fell in love with the southwest!
By day, Kristin is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Jason sells insurance; but our real passions are travel and photography. We started our blog The Wild Thornsberrys to keep in touch with our families back east. Giving them an insight into what we were doing on the weekend and possible activities to do when they visited. It has only grown from there and now even includes a photo gallery!
Living at the crossroads of I-10 and I-25, there are so many places to visit within just a few hours from us. One of our favorite places to take family or friends is City of Rocks State Park. Located roughly 1.5 hours from Las Cruces and 30 minutes north of Deming off I-10, City of Rocks has some fantastic geological formations.
The rock formations you see today at City of Rocks were created 34.9 million years ago by a volcanic eruption. Erosion over millions of years has left these large, sculptured rock columns, or pinnacles, rising as high as 40 feet and separated by paths or lanes resembling city streets. In 1953, this area was leased from the Commissioner of Public Lands and became a state park.
When visiting City of Rocks, camping is hands down our favorite activity. Being more than 20 miles from Deming, there is very little light pollution. Jason really loves camping here because of the dark skies and astrophotography opportunity. Visiting the park during the new moon is where Jason has been able to hone his astrophotography skills.
During the day, hiking and bouldering are our favorite activities. With so many large rocks, there are plenty of bouldering opportunities. Just make sure you are not disturbing other campers while climbing as many campsites are within the rocks. For hiking, our favorite trail is to the tabletop mountain just north of the park. From the top, you have an amazing view of the whole park!
City of Rocks State Park is a great campground to visit while traveling along I-10 through southern New Mexico. With so many activities to enjoy and great star gazing at night, we find ourselves going back every few months.
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