Monday, December 29, 2014

Rock Hound State Park, Luna County, NM

Rockhound State Park is located about 20 miles from our campground.  The sign says that it is on the rugged slopes of the Florida Mountains.  This is one of the most unusual state parks in the nation.  Here, rockhounds are encouraged to take home up to 15 pounds of rocks that they pick up in the park.

My impression is that the park is mainly a campground and several marked walking trails through the mountains.

Tippy says, "We've seen a trillion rocks and we don't need a campground - Let's go!"  You can see from the expression on his face that he is bored.  He gets that way easily.

This is the park visitor's center.  It mainly features a gift shop.  Admission to the park for one day is $5.00 per vehicle.  The architectural style of the visitor's center is pretty much followed throughout Deming including residences and commercial buildings. 

I pointed this plant out to Tippy and told him that the park is not all rocks.  His response, "It's rock colored".

This is the only "green" plant we could find in the Florida Mountains.  If you were looking for Florida Mountains, would you think to look in New Mexico?  I wouldn't.

The wind is blowing out of the west.  The weather radio says that it is blowing 40 to 70 miles per hour.  One night while we were in Deming, the temperature went down to 16 degrees F.  Treky kept us warm and steady.

Ron, Tippy & Treky

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