Red Rock Park

Red Rock Park, Church Rock: Address, Phone Number, Red Rock Park Reviews: 4/5

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Utah208 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
Don’t let this place scare you away from their campground as an overnight stay. We stayed there for two nights and it was quiet. There are full timers living in the campground, yet there are still others dropping by for a few nights.

It sits in the beautiful red rock and there is hiking from the campground. Our site had 50 amp service and water (dump on site). Plus it’s the post office for the area, so you just walk over to the main building.
Written May 7, 2022
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Anchorage, AK16,993 contributions
I would recommend this hike to anyone in the area; and would also say if you could do only one thing while in the Gallup area, do this hike. The views are amazing and the trail is well laid out.

This hike is located within Red Rock State Park (on the outskirts of Gallup, NM). It is a 3 mile roundtrip hike with a gain in elevation of a little over 800ft to its peak of nearly 7,500ft. We (my wife & I) did this trail at a very relaxed pace in 3 hours (stopping many times for photos & to take in the views). Once you're in the park, the signs/directions to the trailhead are very good and there's plenty of parking.

Technically, you only need to be able to walk up a dirt trail (steep at times). There's no on your "hands & knees" stuff, though as on any dirt hill with a few steep parts you'll want to be alert to sliding on the loose dirt/sand. Once you leave the trailhead there's no water source(s), "facilities" or shade (take sunscreen, hat, water...!)

The peak/summit is large and flat (take a picnic to the top!), have a rest and enjoy the 360 degree views of the surrounding area.
Written September 17, 2009
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Colorado Springs, CO2,960 contributions
Mar 2012
We stopped at this park but it was hard to find where we should be. We stopped at the first building with a great view of Church Rock from the parking lot but it was only a post office so she told us we had to go to the museum in brown building. Well, the brown building in that area ended up being outhouses. They have an RV park there also.

So we drove to the next parking lot and saw a bigger building. It said it was the convention center but all the doors were locked. There were construction barricades up so we weren’t sure if they were to block the whole walk way of just a section near the building. We went inside the walk way anyway and around the corner a sign said Museum on the building. We were shocked to find it unlocked since the area was abandoned and we were the only ones there. To our surprise, one worker was there – on the phone chatting with someone like you would if talking to a friend – and didn’t pause to greet us. The museum was a nice surprise with neat Indian displays and real bathrooms! There were many other offices there but no one was there. We visited on a Friday.

The rocks are a red limestone, very soft. So many people had written their names, etc. on the side of the rocks formations. It was neat to visit the museum and see the rock formations up close but not worth the diversion from the interstate as you have to exit I-40 well before the park and drive Route 66 paralleling I-40 to get to the park and again paralleling I-40 for quite a while once you leave to get back on the interstate.
Written March 28, 2012
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Honolulu, HI16 contributions
Sep 2016 • Friends
My sister and I found this place after discovering the campgrounds at the National Park nearby was closed.

We were pulling a camper behind a truck and spent a total of two nights here. We enjoyed our stay here very much because it was not super crowded, had a picnic table, easy to pull our camper through, and convenient to northeastern New Mexico tourist sites.

All sites have full electric and water but not waste hookup. You can opt to pay for amenities or not. We picked no amenities one day and full amenities the next. A key is needed to access the bathrooms.

The women's bathroom had a two standard stalls and one handicapped stall. There were two sinks and two showers off to the side the appeared to be handicapped accessible. The door does not have an automatic opener for people in wheelchairs though.

The area is very sandy so be prepared to place a rug before the entrance to your tent or RV to avoid tracking it in. The pull-through sites were somewhat large and flat, and it is a little difficult to figure out what area goes with what site number. Some sites have a fire pit and some don't.

Be aware that alcohol is not allowed at State parks which means it is not allowed at this RV park either.
Written October 10, 2016
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Tammy P
Gallup, NM245 contributions
May 2014 • Solo
I was impressed by the nearness of this trail to my home in Gallup. It was a bit of a challenge to figure out the trail head as the signage is lacking, which is also a problem on the trail itself. I think I figured it out and hiked the Pyramid Trail, but there was no way to be sure. On a Saturday evening I passed two families that had been unable to find the Pyramid Trail, but everyone had fun exploring anyways. The trail I took, if it is the Pyramid, split off from the main trail at the end of the box canyon and you can tell it by the steps carved into the rock face you have to climb. Not a good trail for little children or those with physical challenges, but it was only 3 miles round trip and truly beautiful. Next time I'll go I'll do some trail running.
Written May 19, 2014
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Murfreesboro, TN250 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
We did a National Parks road trip last year and stayed here just a single night on our way to the Grand Canyon from Tennessee. If I had known what a great area this was we would have planned a couple of days. We arrived around noon and picked out our spot. The camp ground was small but situated at the end of a long sandy basin surrounded on all sides by beautiful red rock formations. At the end of this panorama was Church Rock which we only later found out is a hiking destination. Bathroom facilities were clean and convenient. The campground is close to the town of Gallup so it was easy to head into town for a nice dinner. The next morning we awoke to the sound of hot air balloons being inflated. The sandy basin, it turns out, is a launch site for hot air balloons and we watched in amazement as several lifted off and gently floated up and over the red canyon walls as the sun was rising. Wow that was a sight. We spent cool morning hiking around the rock formations. My kids took the path to Church Rock and my wife and I hiked around the canyon. We packed up and headed into town for an early lunch at a little diner. Overall we definitely will return to this great town and state park on any "out west" trips we do in the future. Thank you Gallup and thank you Red Rock.
Written July 17, 2018
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Milwaukee, WI166 contributions
Jun 2014 • Couples
A clarification: this used to be managed by New Mexico State Park System, but is no longer a state park...even though you will still see highway signs calling it that. It's now a Gallup city park. Consequently there is very little in the way of facilities or services for hikers or campers who are just "dropping in."

As we did on our way to Gallup, thanks to one of those outdated highway signs!

We found gigantic parking lots, and walked and wandered around until we finally found the (completely unsigned) entrance to the museum, which is on the backside of the building. As someone noted previously, the only woman working in an office continued her phone conversation while we stood patiently waiting to be acknowledged, and eventually she turned to us and said "Can I help you with something?"

She seemed very surprised that we had found our way in, and had no information to offer regarding trails or anything else about the park. So we roamed the museum, which was VERY interesting, and also went outside where we eventually deduced on our own that this was the rodeo and Intertribal pow wow grounds we had read about in the Tony Hillerman mysteries! (Of which we are both fans.)

Had we known what to expect, it might not have been quite as much fun to figure it all out.
Written July 29, 2014
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Cloudcroft, NM24 contributions
Apr 2014 • Solo
Not a great place for tent camping. All the sites are on fine sand that gets into everything. Bright lights all through the campsites all night long. A very seedy looking subdivision just outside the park gate. Trains about a quarter mile away run ALL night about 20 minutes apart...not extremely loud but I awoke at each passing. Showers were hot, but old and somewhat dingy. As a day park, this place is fine.
Written April 25, 2014
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Cathy G
Ashburn, United States3 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
As an experienced hiker, I have to say I hated this hike. Someone has removed many signs between Church and Pyramid. The connector is not marked between the two trails so a Church hike becomes a confusing, backtracking Pyramid nightmare. Won't be returning despite the views.
Written May 5, 2019
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Walla Walla, WA267 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
My husband and I are not hikers but fell in love with Red Rock Park. We thought it might be like Sedona but we were so wrong. Worth your quick drive off the main highway. It was absolutely beautiful and marveled at all the different rocks. I would definitely recommend it. Won't disappoint.
Written October 31, 2017
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