Monday, March 12, 2012
Rock on to New Mexico
We head to our first stop in New Mexico, which is a place called City of Rocks State Park. It is a park half way between Deming and Silver City. We drive north from Deming and are within a few miles from the park wondering where are these rocks? We are still driving through prairie grasses in the scenic Chihuahuan desert region. Suddenly we round a curve and there they are. Large sculptured rock columns, some rising as high as 40 feet. How did they get here, out in the middle of nowhere? Magic? Actually they were formed about 34 or 35 million years ago when a very large volcano erupted. It took millions of years to slowly form the columns seen today There are only six other places in the world with similar formations.