The City of Rocks State Park. There are 41 campsites strewn amongst the rocks. Some along the main road and some are buried within the rocks.
I moseyed out of the Walmart parking lot at about 8:30 this morning and arrived at the City of Rocks State Park, New Mexico, visitor center a little after nine. And since there was nobody there except the host and I, no one was in a hurry, so I had plenty of time to explain my situation of only having one day of reservation but wanting to stay longer.
I also told her I had the out-of-state annual camping permit so that the camping sites wouldn't cost me anything, and I preferred a boondocking site. She then told me something that I did not know: there are five first-come, first-serve campsites at City of the Rocks State Park, which is information that I looked for on their website and could not find any mention of first come first serve sites. It wouldn't surprise me one bit if we had Reserve America to thank for that missing tidbit of information.
She then told me that I could trade my one-night stay site for a two-week first come, first serve site if I wanted to, and she also mentioned a somewhat hidden first come, first serve site that most people never notice when they're looking for a non-reserve site.
I thanked her profusely and hustled over to that alleged hidden campsite, and lo and behold, out of the five first-come, first-serve sites, it was the only one that was empty. So I backed into that boondocking site quick as a bunny, and was suddenly at home for as long as I wanted to be.
And by the way I just noticed looking at the reservation part of the City of Rocks State Park website that the first come first serve sites which are 40 through 45 aren't even on the map, those numbers don't even exist thanks to Reserve America which apparently doesn't even want you to know that you don't have to pay for their expensive reservations.
Now I have no intention of staying here for two weeks, probably less than one week actually, but at least now I have options available, and options of any kind always make me happy when I'm living by my wits and I'm half a wit short.
The Ranger's office and visitors center is rather oddly shaped and looks more like a fort than anything else.
This is my boondocking spot, slightly hidden, and off the main road. There's no way in this world that I would've even tried to get the Arctic Fox in this boondocking site, chalk one up for the bronco.
Beside my boondocking spot is what looks like a very large cave. That's my picnic table, and the corner of the bronco, peeking into the picture.
I climbed up on a boulder to get this aerial shot of the bronco.