Great Recreational Sites on State Trust Lands
A popular site on State Trust Land is Mystery Stone, also referred to as Commandments Rock, Mystery Rock, and the Los Lunas Decalogue Stone. This site is located at the base of Hidden Mountain about 16 miles west of Los Lunas. It is a boulder of volcanic basalt weighing an estimated 80 to 100 tons and is about eight meters in length. Nine rows of 216 characters were chiseled at a 150 degree angle into the north face. The site was first documented in 1936, when visited by Anthropology Professor Frank Hibben, from the University of New Mexico.
You must purchase a Recreational Access Permit from the New Mexico State Land Office to be allowed access to the land where Mystery Stone is located.
A popular recreational area on New Mexico State Trust Land is Monticello Box Canyon. Monticello Box is located 25 miles north of Truth or Consequences in Socorro County - popular among hikers, bikers and hunters the canyon is beautiful place to spend the day. Monticello Box is a true box canyon with high cliffs on both sides and the Alamosa Creek running through them.
If you would like access to Monticello Box apply here:
Recreational Access Permit Application
With the approval of your application you will receive an access code to the gate to enter Monticello Box area. Please note that the north end of Monticello Box is the only gate that both entering and exiting are permitted.
If you already have a recreational permit and need the access code please call 505-827-5724.
City of Rock State Park
City of Rocks, partially located on State Trust Land, gets its name from the incredible volcanic rock formations found here. The park encompasses a one square mile area in the scenic Chihuahuan desert region of southwestern New Mexico at an elevation of 5,200 feet. The “city” is a geologic formation made up of large, sculptured rock columns, or pinnacles, rising as high as 40 feet and separated by paths or lanes resembling city streets. These rocks were formed about 34.9 million years ago when a very large volcano erupted. Then, erosion over millions of years slowly formed the sculptured columns seen today, creating a stunning, otherworldly landscape.
Located about halfway between Silver City and Deming, City of Rocks offers camp sites, hiking trails, excellent mountain biking, wildlife viewing, birding, stargazing, picnic areas and a desert botanical garden.
Photo Credit: New Mexico State Parks
This information was found at: http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/spd/cityofrocksstatepark.html