Rockhound State Park, New Mexico (2014)

Top Photo: View of the campground as seen from the hiking trail.

Unusual NM State Park in the sense that they allow visitors to collect rocks they find. During our visit, we noticed that the park hosts were accommodating and user-friendly.


Site #23, this site has water & electric, dump station nearby, 29 sites, 4,500 foot elevation. March 16th - 22nd.

Overall Experience: smile

Whenever we come upon fresh chiles, we like to get our Weber Little Smokie fired up. Roasting chiles is easy and fairly quick, and they can be eaten as is or added to many dishes. Once the chiles are nice and charred, just let them rest in a paper bag for about 20 minutes. Then peel and enjoy.

Mimbres Valley Brewing Company

We visited this brewpub on their big St. Patrick’s Day celebration, which also was their last day of operation. It’s sad to see a pub close, but they went out in style.

Mimbres Valley Brewing Company had closed down. Boogie’s Brewery & Distillery is now open at that location (updated March 2021).

Rockhound State Park is a scenic park located in the southwestern part of New Mexico, near the city of Deming. The park is known for its unique geological formations and abundant opportunities for rockhounding, which is the hobby of collecting rocks and minerals.

Discovering the Wonders of Rockhounding

One of the most popular activities at the park is rockhounding, and visitors can search for various types of minerals and rocks, including quartz crystals, jasper, and agate. The park also has a rock and mineral display in the visitor center, which showcases some of the most notable finds from the area.

Exploring Nature's Beauty on Foot

The hiking trails in Rockhound State Park offer visitors a chance to explore the diverse terrain and stunning scenery of the area. The most popular trail is the Rockhound Trail, a four-mile round trip trail that leads to the top of a mountain and offers spectacular views of the surrounding desert landscape.

Camping amidst Nature's Serenity

Camping is also available at Rockhound State Park, with 29 campsites that are equipped with water and electrical hookups. The park has restroom and shower facilities, as well as a dump station for RVs.

Embracing Wildlife Encounters

In addition to its unique geological features and recreational opportunities, Rockhound State Park is home to a variety of desert wildlife, including lizards, jackrabbits, and roadrunners. Birdwatchers can also enjoy spotting a variety of bird species, including hawks, eagles, and owls.

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