The rugged slopes of the Florida and Little Florida Mountains are the setting for Rockhound State Park. Hiking trails offer access to scenic views of colorful wildflower displays while clear night skies are ablaze with planets and constellations.
Rockhound State Park and Spring Canyon Recreation Area: Established in 1966, Rockhound State Park consists of the main park and the Spring Canyon Recreation Area. The main park includes a 30-site campground, hiking trails and a visitor center on the west slopes of the Little Florida Mountains. The Spring Canyon Recreation Area is a day-use area located across the valley in the foothills of the Florida Mountains and includes picnic sites and hiking trails.
Take a Hike: The park’s Thunderegg Trail (1.1 miles) and the Jasper Trail (.5 miles) provide access to spectacular wildflower displays in spring, mild autumn weather, and scenic views year-round. Scattered along the trails and throughout the park are assorted volcanic rocks and silica minerals including quartz, chalcedony, agate, and common opal.
Desert Alive! Every April, Rockhound State Park hosts Desert Alive!, a springtime celebration of the Chihuahuan Desert and the rocks, plants and animals found here. Join nature walks, take in displays and exhibits and learn all about natural and cultural history of this special place. Check here for information about this year’s event.
Getting There: To get to Rockhound State Park from Deming, take N.M. 11 south for five miles, and then go east on N.M. 141 for about nine miles.
Includes: 29 sites (5 reservable)‚ 24 w/ electric‚ restrooms‚ showers‚ RV dump station.
Rockhound State Park
NM 141 (9 mi. E of NM 11)