Located in the southwestern state of New Mexico sits the remove Rockhound State Park. The park boasts a full service campground that is nestled in the foothills of the Little Florida Mountains. The campground features large spaces with full hookups. Each camping space has a stunning desert view. Restrooms and hot showers are available. A dump site is also on the premises. The campground features 29 campsites.
Prospect enthusiasts can try their hand at mineral hunting. Each person is allowed to remove 15 pounds from the state park. Along the south edge of the park spans a trail through a ravine for a little over one mile. The trail loops up and over several trails so watch your footing. Rock hound hunters will find an abundance of jasper (chalcedony) in shades of pink, red and white. Be sure to pack an adequate chisel and other tools to make the extractions of the mineral. It is located along outcropping and does take work to obtain. Geodes and thunder eggs are also available. The mineral bands run several feet deep and do take work to harvest. Most prospectors will have to spend several hours to obtain an adequate supply of the coveted rocks.
Visitors to the park will enjoy looking over the exhibit near the park’s entrance that features local mineral specimens found. Non-campers can also enjoy the park. It is open for the day use prospector for a small day-use fee.
Several hiking trails surround the campground where sightseers have the chance to catch a glimpse at one of the the only herds of Ibex, a wild goat. The daring adventurer may want to try their hand at climbing to a high altitude location of up to 3,000 feet where they can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding plateaus.
The region boasts over 30 mines that are open to the public for visits or tours.
Nearby Deming is located only approximately 15 miles from the Rockhound State Park. The small, historic town has an 18 hole golf course and a turn of the century architecture. The Deming Luna Mimbres Museum offers guests the chance to learn about the region.
Visitors can enjoy a diverse trail system through the Gila National Forest and the City of Rocks which has many unusual rock formations to observe. Picnicking, horseback riding and and biking opportunities abound.