Rockhound State Park, Deming, NM

15 03 2016
Rockhound State Park, site #21

Rockhound State Park, site #21

What a jewel – and a welcome relief from the cramped noisy site in Tucson.  Set on the slopes of the rugged Little Florida Mountains to the south east of Deming,  the 23 electric & water sites run $14.00/night.  With only 5 sites reservable, we weren’t sure if we could nab a walk-up site or not, but we hoped a Tuesday arrival might help us beat the weekend crowd.  However, there were no sites available for a 2 night stay when we arrived.  While talking with the host about the potential of “overflowing” into the group space, another camper walked by and mentioned he’d be leaving the next day.  With a late cancellation in a reservation site, the host allowed us to spend the night there and move the next day.  We started in site #21 and moved to site #20.  Moving is always a bit of a pain, but well worth the hassle to get to spend another quiet evening here on the mountain side.

At about 5000 feet, Rockhound State Park enjoys a great view out over the lights of Deming along with beautiful sunsets.  Dawn comes late because the campground is up against a high mountain to the east.  But, once the sun comes over the ridge, the desert temperatures climbed quickly, with daytime highs in the upper 70’s and overnight lows in the 30’s and 40’s.  There are also plenty of trails for hikers and a nice visitor center.  T-mobile phones (voice and LTE data) worked best using the cellular booster.  The Verizon 3G signal was good as were the 10 or so rebroadcast TV channels from Albuquerque.  We didn’t use them, but  many of the other campers said the bath and shower house here at Rockhound was the best of all New Mexico State Parks.  This was a great place to spend two nights – we’ll be back!




2 responses

18 03 2016

Just gorgeous! We’re enjoying your adventures

18 03 2016

Great to hear from you. Currently in a not-quite-so-picturesque place, Van Horn, TX. But, at least we’ve finally arrived in TX. We’re off to Davis Mountain State Park tomorrow.

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