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Nov 15, 2012 - Rockhound State Park, NM - Another Nice NM Park

Yesterday we left Las Cruces and drove west to the Deming, NM area. Rockhound State Park is just a few miles southeast of Deming. We’ve been through Deming quite often but never had occasion to explore the area. We found a very nice site at the rather small campground in Rockhound, got Da Honu unhooked and set-up, and then went for a ride. Spring Canyon State Park is a small day-use park about 3 or 4 miles away and quite a bit higher in the mountains. It seems to be operated as a part of Rockhound but they are physically separate. It was a...

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Feb 16, 2010 - Rock Hound Bound

Left Rock city, and heading to Rock Hound. Notice a theme here? A fellow pilgrim recommended this camp as a “pleasant Surprise”. It is situated at the base of high rocky ridge and looks out over the desert. It faces west and the sunsets are spectacular. The area is popular with rock hounds. I was intrigued because the surrounding mountain are home to transplanted Ibex sheep and Oryx antelope. A herd of 25 Ibex was spotted earlier, we saw none. We did go down the road for mesquite BBQ at a road side “dining establishment” nice folks but the...

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Mar 18, 2009 - Las Cruces to Rock Hound State Park

We started the morning out with a visit to the Las Cruces Farmers Market. The Market is held on a section of Main Street that is closed to traffic and functions as an open mall. Our next stop was Home Depot for some RV supplies. We made it to Mesilla a Village with a long history dating back to the 1850’s. The town Plaza is encircled with shops and eaters. Kathy was able to spend a couple of hours exploring and I scrutinized the plaza. We Left Las Cruces and head to the Poncho Villa State Park were we visited the museum and explored the...

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Feb 1, 2009 - Rockhound State Park, NM

I won't say much about this park here, except that the skunk basically won. Thankfully, we successfully patched the hole in the fabric in the bottom of our trailer so that no more critters can get in. We defumed enough so that we could sleep in the trailer that night.

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Apr 27, 2008 - Sandstorm shortened our stay

On the road towards the desert we drove past more exotic animal ranches. We got to Ft. Stockton in the evening and camped in a private campground. The next day we took a break from freeway views and diverted to the Fort Lancaster scenic loop. This turned out to be a surprisingly scenic byway with panormic views from an escarpment and the many mesas. We also saw lots of wildlife as this road is infrequently used. We arrived at Rock Hound State Park, New Mexico, in the evening. A beautiful park with lots of wildlife wandering through the...

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Apr 13, 2008 - Rockhound State Park, New Mexico

4/11-13/2008 Rock Hound State Park We spent a couple of days rock hounding in the park. The area where you look for rocks is a pretty strenuous hike up the side of a mountain to an outcropping of Perlite and other Rock. The kids really enjoyed the hike probably because it was over rocky terrain, which was somewhat treacherous close to the top. They also enjoyed digging for rocks and learning about them which was a surprise. Some of the material found was Jasper, White Opal, Perlite, and Agate. One of the coolest parts of the rock hounding...

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Jan 21, 2008 - Deming, New Mexico Rock Hound State Park

We camped outside of Deming, New Mexico at Rock Hound State Park. Touted as a gem lover's park, the park actually has had almost all of the attractive stones removed. What remains is a small campground nestled against a range of mountains, with some trails back to the rock collecting hills. From the campground you have an expansive view of about fifty miles of desert. Deming itself was a nice town with a large local interest museum. The museum extended over five buildings, and had everything from ancient pottery found in the area to fire...

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