Beautiful sights

Beautiful sights
Horses at blue water Lake state park

Thursday, March 28, 2013

My job at City of Rocks

I am manning the visitor center.  I arrive at 9:30 am, then after unlocking the doors, I raise the American flag and the New Mexico flag. 

Next I put out the "OPEN" sign, and also change the sign on the door from "CLOSED" to "OPEN".

Next, turn on the television, get it ready to show the brief video about the Park and the rocks of the park.

Open the storage closet, and check the change bag to make sure the count is correct.

Get the weather report off my phone, and write it on the white board in the visitor center.

Open a few windows for air flow.

Answer questions, answer the phone, greet visitors, explain the park layout. Get guests to sign log book, use copy machine to make more park brochures, explain the park to visitors.  Sell yearly camping passes.

12:30 lunch for one hour

1:30-4:30 pm  Continue to help visitors, answer questions, answer the phone, take visitors money for camping if they didn't want to use self pay stations.

Show park video over and over and over and over.  It's it a really great video, and I'm glad visitors want to see it.

All the walls are covered with GREAT art!

The volcano from the past is depicted here.

The snake is a western diamondback rattlesnake.  He was living in the area next to the visitor center, and refused relocation, so was euthanized.

The rock table is a hands on display for visitors.

4:30 pm   Take flags down, pull in outdoor sign, turn off TV. close windows, put change bag into locked closet, pull closet closed, clean floors, dust center, change open sign to closed, lock Gabe's office, and close and lock main door.


  1. Hi Hazel, how do your dogs handle being by themselves while you are working? Do you crate them? We don't know what we are going to do with ours this year. We bought a crate but know they are going to hate it. Last year they let us take them to the gate with us, which was fine but it was hard to talk to people with them there. Plus, they barked at all the dogs. Looks like you are having a great time. Take care

  2. Working in a great park, getting to meet new people, and staying busy - sounds like fun! I hope you're enjoying it -

  3. Blimey! You are kept busy.

    Can you take your two dogs with you, or are they left in your motor home?

    1. I cannot take them to work unless they wear their Service Dog tags/vests. The area where I stand behind the counter is rather small, so I have not pushed the issue. My dogs don't like to be left behind, but I am trying to get them used to it, so that leaving them when necessary won't stress them or me. Fleur in particular likes to tear paper, pull everything off sofa, and jump up on sofa. If I leash her to something, she seems calmer so I usually do that. Any suggestions?

  4. That was a great breakdown of a volunteer's day! I'm sure your interaction with visitors makes the day interesting. Thank goodness for people like you who are willing to volunteer your time to help keep these beautiful parks open. :)

    1. You are kind to say that! Thanks again! It amazes me how many ways one can contribute to this world if willing.


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