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 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.