ROCKHOUND STATE PARK
Located on the rugged west slope of the Little Florida Mountains, Rockhound State Park is a favorite for "rockhounds" because of the abundant agates and quartz crystals found there. Hiking trails provide spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.
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Rockhound State Park is located near Deming
The hiking trails at the park provide visitors with climbs of varying degrees of difficulty and breathtaking views. Reaching the top, visitors survey the 7,000 foot peaks of the Florida Mountains. Turquoise is mined in the Burro Mountains to the northeast.
Resident or wintering species include Gambel's quail, Huttons vireo, western scrub jay, Bewick's wren, western bluebird, ruby-crowned kinglet, Townsends solitaire, phainopepla, greentailed towhee, black-chinned sparrow, and lesser goldfinch. Summer breeding birds include lesser nighthawk and common poor-will.
To get to Rockhound State Park from Deming, take NM 11 south five miles, and then head east on NM 141 for about nine miles.