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General Overview

Main Campground at Rockhound State Park is a popular camping destination known for its unique hobbyist activity – rockhounding, where visitors can search for quartz, jasper, and a variety of geodes. Located in New Mexico, the park derives its name from this key attraction.

Campground Features

  • Campsites: The Main Campground offers a mix of developed sites, some may have hookups such as electricity and water.
  • Facilities: Visitors can expect amenities like restrooms, showers, and picnic areas. There may be a dump station for RVs as well.
  • Campfire Rules: Campfires are generally allowed in designated fire pits or grills, but it is always important to check for any current fire restrictions due to dry conditions.
  • Pet Policy: Pets are often welcome but must be kept on a leash and supervised at all times.


  • Rockhounding: As the name suggests, visitors can enjoy searching for rocks and minerals. However, be sure to comply with any rules regarding the collection of rocks.
  • Hiking: Several trails may be available, offering scenic views and wildlife watching opportunities.
  • Wildlife: The area may be home to a variety of wildlife. Always observe wildlife from a distance and do not feed any animals.
  • Star Gazing: Due to its remote location, the campground might offer excellent conditions for stargazing on clear nights.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: Some sites may be available on a first-come, first-served basis, while others may require reservations. Check the most current information on the state park's website or a reservation system.
  • Fees: There is usually a fee for camping, which varies according to the type of site and amenities provided.

Season and Access

  • Open Season: The campground is potentially open year-round, but check for any seasonal closures or access restrictions.
  • Driving Access: Access is often via a highway or paved road, but always confirm the road conditions, especially if visiting during winter or rainy seasons.

Safety and Regulations

  • Weather: Be prepared for changing weather conditions and know how to secure your campsite against wind or storms.
  • Wildlife Precautions: Store food securely to avoid attracting bears or other wildlife.
  • Leave No Trace: Follow Leave No Trace principles by packing out all trash, respecting the natural resources, and minimizing impact on the environment.
  • Compliance: Ensure that you are aware of and comply with all state park rules, including any collection limits or guidelines for rockhounding.

Contact Information

For the most accurate and up-to-date information, it's best to contact the park directly or visit the official website for Rockhound State Park before planning your trip. They can provide current information on campground availability, reservations, fees, and any recent changes to rules or regulations.

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