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Rockhound State Park
4.5
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A park full of beautiful and rare rocks and an ideal spot for the rock collector.
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2-3 hours
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Ron D
Gainesville, FL139 contributions
Heaven for Rockhounds!
Apr 2021 • Couples
Rockhound State Park just south of Deming, NM, in the Florida Mountain range is one of the only parks in the US where you are permitted, even encouraged, to take the rocks. Which I did. I think you are allowed 15lbs a day. Since I cab, I go for small stones instead of larger specimens. Most of the rocks are rhyolite which is beautiful, like petrified wood, agate and jasper combined. There is a lot of jasper and agate, too. One of the most unusual stones is a small black pebble. It is called perlite and it’s a type of obsidian.
It’s a small park on the side of a volcano. Be prepared to walk almost straight up but the payh is wide and well marked. Watch out for rattlesnakes, scorpions and carry plenty of water. Definitely worth the visit!
Written April 20, 2021
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Kari H
Bend, OR197 contributions
Interesting Place
May 2020
We had intended to camp here, but the pandemic changed our plans. We stayed in town and came out here for the day. We did the Jasper Trail only because it was a little too warm for us to do the Thunder Egg Trail.
We found plenty of interesting rocks and plants. The views of the Florida Mts were lovely.
Written May 24, 2020
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newmexjags
Edgewood, NM239 contributions
Beautiful quiet campground
Oct 2019
We camped here as a last minute camping trip, only sites we could find available. How lucky we were! Beautiful campground with amazing views. Sites 14, 15, 16 give the best views but you are also farthest from the bathroom. The sites, bathrooms, showers ere very clean. We took our 8 year old granddaughter. She had a lengthy hospitalization and was weak, but ready to get out in the fresh air and sunshine. We just hung out at the campsite, she found many interesting rocks right around the perimeter of our site. The people who manned the visitor center were awesome! They gave us a map of the trail with frequent exit areas where our granddaughter could stop and rest. We had a wonderful restful weekend and found many interesting rocks, including alot of jasper, quartz, and rocks that were just pretty. I would love to take them somewhere to be identified. We certainly plan to camp here again!
Written April 23, 2020
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Gina A
Dallas, TX407 contributions
Amazing views, wonderful trails - Love Love Rockhound!
Jan 2020
Camped in a 35” motorhome. We are self-contained so cannot comment on restrooms/shower facilities. Water and electric. Dump station on site. Site #17. We love this campground – will return.

Pros –
- Stunning views of the mountains and valley
- Hiking trails in the Park as well as in the nearby Spring Canyon area
- Camp Hosts are very friendly and informative
- Fairly close to Demming, NM. Don’t miss the Museum in Demming.

Cons –
- None.
Written April 7, 2020
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ruthbrown27
Sierra Vista, AZ78 contributions
Lovely state park
Jan 2020
Wonderful location south of Deming.. Very attentive and informative camp hosts. Very clean restrooms and showers. Fun hiking in the area and you can collect 15 lbs of rocks. The RV park is small, fills early, but hosts will put you in a non electric site, or day use area when the electric/water sites are full. Very popular park.
Written January 21, 2020
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Trouble Maker
Lakewood, CO32 contributions
Great spot, gracious host. Lots to see and hike. Always seems to be full of very happy campers.
Jan 2020 • Friends
Again this year I'll leave with multiple new contacts that I'll cross paths with year after year. Good weather great location. Short drive to Mexico. The museum in Deming is a must see. It's free. Very clean and nice comfort station with multiple showers and almost got water.
Written January 20, 2020
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hike4diamonds
26 contributions
A "gem" of a find!
Dec 2019
Beautiful night sky and city light views. Not too far off the freeway. Super nice, new restrooms and showers. Rockhounding trailheads right at the campground. Nice visitor center. Space numbers a bit hard to see, especially since we came in after dark. Full hook ups with complimentary sewer dump, as well as tent/non-electric/sewer sites (one handicap spot in each). All sites have a covered picnic table. Nice!
Written January 3, 2020
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marfita
Greenwood, SC358 contributions
And Tarantulas!
Oct 2019
We arrived too early for the ranger station, so I had to make do with what I'd read about the place online. The station didn't open until 10 and we didn't want to wait around. Like many state parks, you chip in $5 for parking at the entrance. You fill in a form and put a copy in the windshield.
We found the jasper trail so we just wandered in and looked around (on the ground). Eventually we saw something small of interest and wandered off the path and wandered and wandered. I couldn't remember what the limit was, but I figured if we kept it to what we could fit in our pockets and hands, we were okay. As we wandered back, my husband said, "Look out!" and then, "Keep moving! Now turn around!" I had almost stepped on a taratula. Very exciting. It was the second one this trip.
We didn't stay long and found some interesting rocks and were satisfied. Wish we'd known to arrive a bit later so we could talk to the rangers and get more info before starting, but I think I know jasper when I see it. Although it would be nice to know what the black stuff was.
Written October 15, 2019
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C B
Mesa, AZ105 contributions
Great Park with Nice Trails
Sep 2019
Should have spent more time looking for quartz and agate. Nice place to stop while on a road trip and stretch your legs
Written September 26, 2019
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D R
Deming, NM34 contributions
Lots of flora and fauna
Sep 2019 • Solo
Great hiking with some wonderful views! The cacti are overrun with their own fruits. The rabbits, squirrels, birds and insects kept me company on my hike. You can stick with the well marked trails or wonder where you will. This state park allows you to take rocks with you when you leave, up to 15 pounds. Found some beauties! Be sure to take plenty of water, sunscreen and a wide brim hat. Watch out for the rattlers. The visitor's center was closed. There are restrooms available, if needed, in the park and at the visitor's center.
Written September 3, 2019
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