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Rockhound State Park

Address: NM
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Ranked #317 of 601 Attractions in New Mexico
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Dig (archeology)
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Owner description: A park full of beautiful and rare rocks and an ideal spot for the rock collector.
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Ottawa, Canada
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304 reviews 304 reviews
75 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

As a geologist, this was a rare treat for me. Although we didn't find much other than jasper, it was fun to poke around and bust some rocks. If we had done the full hike around the ridge, we might have done better. We had a nice picnic under a sunshade and enjoyed the view of the mountains near the... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We traveled from Phoenix to Rockhound State Park at the end of September. We spent two nights and had a wonderful time. The campground is well maintained. The restrooms/shower areas were spotless. Showers were hot. Hosts were very helpful and friendly. Beautiful views during the day and lovely to sit out at a campfire watching the stars and the distant... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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128 reviews 128 reviews
37 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We were expecting a lot but, instead, found a small park (primarily viewed from the parking lot of a closed (although it was during "open" hours) visitor's center. It should be noted that the bathroom facilities at the visitor's center were very clean. Ok, back to the park itself. The park consists of a large hill with 2 trails, an... More

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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338 reviews 338 reviews
262 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This park is definitely more for people who like collecting rocks. I just did some hiking along the trails. The area is beautiful, with several different types of cactuses and grasses. The boulders in the background are also cool to see. I also saw a rattlesnake while walking along the main road. This is a nice park to visit.

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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Excellent place with unreal surroundings. We could have stayed here forever! We hiked for a Couple canteens full of water and loved every step. Words can't describe this place. We gathered a good score of material here. Very unique scenario to allow us to hound! We will return here again and hopefully with enough time to Harvest some super specimens.... More

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Casa Grande, Arizona
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We found the plants in the area to be more photographic and interesting than the rock samples. It was nice that you could take rock samples home, but we did not find much more than jasper. Of course, we did not walk all the way around to the thunder egg section, nor did we do much digging in the hill.... More

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Universal City, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Very nice campground. Sites are being improved, good spacing between sites, great views. Too hot in June to hike but will return in milder weather. Bath house one of best we have seen at ANY campground!

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Green Valley, Arizona
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231 reviews 231 reviews
106 attraction reviews
198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

If you are traveling Interstate 10 near Deming, New Mexico and have some time, this is a fun park to explore. The park is located in the foothills of the Florida (flowering) Mountains. This is not a good year because of lack rain, but in a good year the poppies and other wildflowers put on a display that rivals that... More

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Akron, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

This is park really is about rockhounding, and if you're not a rockhound, there's really not much to do. You can basically see the entire park from the parking lot. There are two very short hiking trails that connect the day-use area to the visitor center and the campground. The real attraction is the open side of a mountain where... More

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New Mexico
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86 reviews 86 reviews
14 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

This is the place to find "thunder eggs" which are agate-filled mud balls are found in layers of rhyolite lava flows, whcih spread over the land an estimated 60 million years ago. Also, many agates & quartz crystals without looking to terribly hard. The state park is SE of Deming, NM on the west slope of the Little Florida Mountains... More

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