In southwestern New Mexico, the City of Rocks appears to have popped up from nothing in the middle of dry grasslands. It's not a populated city, but like all cities, it's easy to get lost! By day, there are a few tourists, a visitor's center, and some RVs parked in the campground. By night, the sole inhabitants are snakes, rodents, and an occasional coyote.
Nearby, Silver City is a fiesta in comparison. Bars and restaurants feature traditional southwestern cuisine: Margaritas, tequila and mesacal, enchiladas, tamales, tacos, burritos and green chile cheeseburgers. Many B&Bs, hotels and motels cater to travelers wanting to see one of the world's largest copper mines, a catwalk over the river, or the ancient Gila Cliff Dwellings. Over the Memorial Day weekend, the city booms with the Silver City Blues Fest, a three day orgy of rockin' blues bands from around the country.