Tuesday, February 27, 2024

23 - 24 Trip to the Southwest, Day 135

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - City of Rocks State Park, Faywood, NM - 31.2 Miles, 4,192.1 Miles for the trip 

Another windy day with 28MPH wind & 53MPH gusts. Most of the drive was into the wind - I averaged 10.3MPG for the trip. For the first time I had problems setting up the trailer - a wind gust caught it at the same time I unhooked from the truck & twisted the trailer enough to change the side to side levels on the Anderson levelers. I had to hook up again, level the trailer, and without a wind gust it worked OK.

I'm in site 1, also called Bootes (the dry sites among the rocks are named after constellations). This is my favorite site - fairly level and deep enough for both the trailer & truck. Good view & close to the bathrooms & visitor center. $13.00 per night ($10.00 per night + a $12.00 reservation fee) for a dry site on gravel with picnic table and grill. The only fault I can find with the site is the picnic table is anchored with a chain to the wrong side of the site for a trailer. Great for vans or class C's that pull in, but wrong for anything that backs in.

Be sure to arrive with empty black & gray tanks. If they have a dump station, I haven't found it. They do have a couple of water fill stations. A warning - the water is very soft. If you shower, expect to spend more time rinsing than washing!

Even with the sun & 62°F it is not a sit around outside day, even with big rocks shielding part of the site. According to my weather app, the wind is going to go down to the 12MPH - 15MPH for the rest of my 4 day stay.

Since I didn't do my morning walk at the Roadrunner RV Park, I turned it into an afternoon walk here. Still wind gusts that are almost strong enough to knock you down. As the volunteer at the visitor center noted, "at least there are no bugs!"

Site 1

More of the Campground Panorama

The Group Area

There is a large (4.1MB) version of the "More of the Campground Panorama" at today's LakeshoreImages page.

Dinner was an El Monterey Chicken Enchiladas Bowl.

Until Tomorrow -


  1. Hi Jon... I've met you a couple of times at quartzsite, have read your journal for years, and just wanted you to know how much I enjoy your posts. I was so happy to see that you were able to head west again this year after having to turn back last year. Stay safe, happy, and healthy!
    P. S. I still eat peanut butter and cheese, thanks to your posts! (but I have it on crackers, not grilled)