Rockhound State Park RV & Campground Guide

New Mexico

Rockhound State Park

is located in Luna County, New Mexico, 7 miles southeast of Deming. Covering a land size of 1,100 acres, the area was established in 1966 as the first park in the United States that allowed collecting of rocks and minerals for personal use. With an abundance of quartz crystals, geodes, jasper, perlite, and many other minerals to be found within the state park, it isn’t hard to see how it got its name. Rockhound State Park is nestled in the Little Florida Mountains, a range of low mountains that have become ‘sky islands’ due to the arid desert between the peaks. A variety of plants thrive in this environment, including yucca, prickly pear cactus, barrel cactus, and more. Several species of wildlife also call the unique, desert state park home, such as lizards, snakes, mountain lions, bighorn sheep, deer, antelope, coyotes, and prairie dog.

The area is dry and arid, like most desert regions, however, visitors are warned to prepare for thunderstorms and flash floods during the summer months. In the warmest months, temperatures can reach as high as 95°F, before falling to lows of just 27°F in winter.

If you’re planning a trip to Rockhound State Park, you’ll want to keep reading to find out all there is to know about this place, including camping, activities, how to get here, and more.

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Weather
Spring 36°F - 86°F
Summer 61°F - 95°F
Fall 34°F - 86°F
Winter 27°F - 66°F
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Nearby Cities
Deming, NM
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Rockhound State Park

There are plenty of camping opportunities in and around Rockhound State Park, including both within tents and RVs. If roughing it in a sleeping bag and the tiny space that a tent offers isn’t quite your thing, then we whole-heartedly recommend the warmth, comfort, and all-round glamping that an RV offers.

If you don’t own an RV, you can easily rent an RV from RVshare that suits your individual needs – including size, budget, and more. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you succeed.

The state park’s campground has good facilities, spacious sites, and stunning desert views, but it does tend to fill quickly. Some additional campgrounds and RV parks within the region are listed below.

Dreamcatcher RV Park

Located just a 15-minute drive from the state park is Dreamcatcher RV Park, which offers a variety of amenities, as well as over 100 spacious RV sites. It is conveniently close to some of the region’s most famous attractions, including the Historic Walking Tour of Deming and the Deming-Luna Mimbres Museum. Daily rates for full hookups start from $20.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: clubhouse, laundry, showers, dump stations.

Little Vineyard RV Resort

Also located in Deming is the Little Vineyard RV Resort, featuring over 150 level pull-thru sites with full hookups. The resort has a swimming pool that is heated year-round, as well as a hot tub to relax in after a long day hiking the state park’s trails (or searching for minerals!). Daily rates start at $35.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: hot tub, heated swimming pool, recreational hall, kitchen, laundry, restrooms, showers.

Sunrise RV Park

Just 15 minutes’ drive from the state park is Sunrise RV Park, which also offers over 80 spacious RV sites for those wanting to stay within the region. It’s within walking distance of local eateries and shops, making it a convenient place to stay for a few days or weeks.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: restrooms, showers, laundry, dump station, cable TV, clubhouse.

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What to Do at
Rockhound State Park

Inside Rockhound State Park

Rockhound State Park might be very popular for camping, but people also flock here because of the wide range of fun outdoor activities on offer. Whether you’re hoping to enjoy hiking the park’s scenic trails, mine for gems, or more – there’s certainly something for every type of traveler at Rockhound State Park.

Mining: As one of the only state parks that encourages visitors to locate and take home a variety of gems and minerals, this is an opportunity you won’t want to pass up! Come equipped with a large hammer, several chisels and a spade, and get ready for an afternoon spent exploring the hillsides. Just keep in mind the 15-pound weight limit for what you take home to keep. 

Hiking: The park has two main hiking trails, which provide far-reaching views over the desert plains. These include the Florida Mountain loop trail, as well as the Thunder Egg trail. Both provide visitors with climbs of varying degrees of difficulty.

Stargazing: The state park’s lack of pollution and road traffic results in clear night skies, which are ablaze with planets and constellations. It’s a desert stargazing experience you’ll likely never forget.

Restaurants

Si Senor

If you’re looking for some traditional New Mexican food, with American additions, then Si Senor is the place to go. The pricing is reasonable, the portions are generous, and the food is fresh and home-style. The whole family will enjoy it!

Type: Mexican

Location: Deming, NM

Elisa’s House of Pies and Restaurant

If it’s comfort food you’re after, then Elisa’s House of Pies and Restaurant has got you and your traveling companions sorted. Here, you’ll find fresh, homemade soul food with a wide variety of side dishes to enjoy. We’ve been told the BBQ ribs are to-die-for!

Type: Soul food

Location: Deming, NM

Blake's Lotaburger

Looking for an old school, fast-food burger restaurant? Blake’s Lotaburger is an iconic New Mexico-based chain famous for its green chile cheeseburgers and other fast-food classics. The locals highly recommend it!

Type: Burger chain

Location: Deming, NM

Shopping

The Outlet Shoppes at El Paso

For the most popular shopping destination in the region, head to The Outlet Shoppes at El Paso. This colorful and contemporary outlet mall has a popular food court, kids’ splash pad, and free shuttle service. It’ll give you a day of fun for the whole family!

Location: Canutillo, TX

Sightseeing

Deming Luna Mimbres Museum

Want to learn more about the surrounding area? The Deming Luna Mimbres Museum is the place to do just that, as it houses exhibits relating to the everyday lives of the citizens of Deming and the Mimbres Valley. Admission is free.

Location: Deming, NM

Spring Canyon State Park

Just a short distance from Rockhound is the Spring Canyon State Park, which is open for day use only. It gives you additional opportunities to enjoy some hiking trails, look out for wildlife, have a picnic, and soak-up those mountain views.

Location: Deming, NM

City of Rocks State Park

If you’ve never seen the unusual volcanic rock formations of the City of Rocks State Park for yourself, then here’s your chance. This unique and stunning place is less than an hours’ drive from Rockhound and provides hiking trails, camping, and more.

Location: Faywood, NM

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How to Get to
Rockhound State Park

Rockhound State Park is 7 miles southeast of Deming. Follow N Gold Ave to E Cedar St and get on I-10 E. Follow I-10 E and NM-549 E to NM-143 S/Stirrup Rd SE, then drive to Stirrup Rd SE. This will take you directly to the state park.

Entering Rockhound State Park

Day-use entry costs $5 per day per vehicle.

Entry per vehicle : $5

We’re very excited that you’re planning a trip to Rockhound State Park. Once you’ve finished exploring all that the park has to offer, there are also some incredible opportunities waiting for you outside of its gates! During or after your stay, we encourage you to tag us in any of your social media posts, or why not share your photos and experience with us at [email protected]? We may even feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!