Rockhound State Park

Rockhound State Park

Things To Do

Desert Alive!

Every April, Rockhound State Park hosts “Desert Alive!,” a springtime celebration of the Chihuahuan Desert and the rocks, plants and animals found in the park. Join nature walks, take in displays and exhibits and learn about natural and cultural history of the region.

Hiking

The hiking trails at the park provide visitors with climbs of varying degrees of difficulty and breathtaking views. The 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.

Picnicking

Rockhound State Park has a group picnic shelter, handicap accessible picnic tables and grills, and various other picnic areas.

Rock Collecting

Rock and mineral specimens of volcanic origin are scattered throughout the park. These treasures range from varieties of jasper, silica minerals, quartz crystals, chalcedony, Agate, and common opal. Visitors are allowed to take up to 15 pounds of the rock for their personal collections.

A 1.2-mile loop trail provides access to rock collecting areas, plus adjacent state and federal lands that are also open to the public. Reaching the top, visitors survey the 7,000-foot peaks of the Florida Mountains. Turquoise is mined in the Burro Mountains to the northeast.

Visitor Center

The visitor center contains displays and a botanical garden that contains numerous species of cacti and other plants of the Chihuahuan Desert.

Playground