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Rockhound State Park

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Address: 9880 Stirrup Rd, SE, NM 88030
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+1 575-546-6182
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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A park full of beautiful and rare rocks and an ideal spot for the rock...

A park full of beautiful and rare rocks and an ideal spot for the rock collector.

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Great Campground!

This campground is exceptionally clean and very nicely situated. The campsites are large and spacious with plenty of privacy/ Each site has it's own trash can, as well as the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Loup407
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Longmont, Colorado

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

When we arrived we encountered cones at a pay station where you had to pay to enter before you even got to the visitor station a few yards beyond. We paid the fee and drove to the visitor center which was closed. We waited the hour for it to open again but in the meantime went to the parking area... More 

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Longmont, Colorado
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106 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This campground is exceptionally clean and very nicely situated. The campsites are large and spacious with plenty of privacy/ Each site has it's own trash can, as well as the usual services (water, electricity, etc.) At $14 per day, it's a great deal. The campground is near a geological formation which has a variety of jaspers, opals, and other stones,... More 

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Thank Loup407
El Paso, Texas
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118 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting park where you are allowed to collect rocks. It is also a good place for birding and view cacti.

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Thank sabimax
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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112 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful beautiful place in the middle of nowhere in Deming, NM. This place is like a dream within a dream. The landscapes and mountains are breathtaking. Everything located here photographs beautifully. It's a great place to draw inspiration from. We did not camp out here but we definitely loved stopping by here while we were road tripping.

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Thank Angelle225
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The two of us spent a night here in our truck camper. The campsites are nicely laid out with water and electricity at each site and a campground dump station. The restrooms are clean and well cared for. We hiked on a short trail (.7 mi) on the hillside above the campground. The views of the surrounding desert are spectacular.... More 

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Thank Susan H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

I camped at a primitive site two years ago and had a blast, I am finally heading back with the family in the morning. I can't wait. Last time I found many different colors of jasper, orange, pink, brown. Also so smokey blue agate, and the highlight was the blue, purple, and white opals I found. We are heading back... More 

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1 Thank Lando G
Santa Barbara, California
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Middle of nowhere, but we got the last spot on a random weeknight! Clean, beautiful setting. Great star gazing. Super clean restrooms & showers. We are not rock hounds but if you are, this is a must stop. They actually encourage you to take rocks, the opposite of most parks. Wish we could have stayed a second night, as the... More 

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2 Thank sallyfouhse
Bakersfield, California
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66 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We stayed one night in the RV park and it was great. The sunset was amazing. Each site was very level and clean. Each site offered a covered table area on concrete. The park was quiet at night, and the rangers passed through often. We did not have a dump connection at our site; however, there is a dump station... More 

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2 Thank 1998rc
ohio
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43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Originally. we arranged a week stay at Rock Hound when we were tentatively scheduling other sites for our trip from Columbus, Ohio to Phoenix. Not knowing how spacious the campsite would be, how helpful the campground employees are (special kudos to David,) and how beautifully the restroom/ shower house and visitor center architecture compliment the SW landscape; our plans only... More 

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Austin TX
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116 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

This is a really pleasant campground: friendly staff, large sites, clean facilities. But don't count on finding any treasures. There are so many rocks. Even with the identification information at the visitor center, the rocks all start looking alike after awhile. If you do rock hound, take precautions: hiking boots, sunblock, water, etc. Also consider a hard hat if working... More 

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