Camel Rock



The Camel Rock is a rock formation located in Pojoaque, New Mexico on U.S. Routes 84/285. Tesuque is a little under twenty miles north of Santa Fe, and the Camel Rock formation is across from the Camel Rock Casino, which is owned by Tesuque Pueblo.


I’d passed by Camel Rock many times during trips between Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque, but I never actually visited until I was driving a visitor to the airport in Albuquerque. We stopped for the briefest of visits. There’s not much to do out there besides look at the rock formation. There’s a small parking area with a couple shaded picnic tables and a couple trash barrels. There are no restrooms. (If you are in need of a restroom, go across the highway to the gas station or the casino.)

There is a path from the parking area to the formation. You can get pretty close to the Camel Rock to take photos, but since the rock formation is surrounded by a chain link fence, there’s no climbing on the camel.

The chain link fence is visible in the bottom third of this photo.

The chain link fence is visible in the bottom third of this photo.

The short detour off the highway was worth it to me to get some photos and so I could say that I’d actually been there, but the Camel Rock is clearly visible from the highway. Anyone driving or riding by in a passenger vehicle should be able to get a good look at it.

About Blaize Sun

I live in my van, which makes me a rubber tramp. I like to see places I've never seen before, and I like to visit the places I love again and again. I like to play with color. I make collages and hemp jewelry and cheerful winter hats. I take photographs and (sometimes, not in a long time) write poetry. All of those things make me an artist. Although I like to spread joy and to make people laugh, my wit can be sharp. I try to stay positives in all situations, to find the goodness in all people. But I often feel compelled to point out bullshit when I smell it. I like to have fun, to dance, to eat yummy food, to sit by a fire and share stories. I want to know what people hold dear and important, not just make surface small talk. This blog is a way for me to share stories. This blog is made up of my stories, rants, and observations, as well as my photographs.

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