Looking at the photos of this little park, it appears to be mostly shades of brown, accented by dry, rocky, and prickly. But it doesn’t feel like that when you’re there. The desert has a stark beauty that feels expansive and peaceful. Plus, there’s abundant sunshine, even in late November, and when we hear that it’s been gray, rainy, and cold at home in Oregon for weeks on end—we revel in it, knowing what’s awaiting us.
Many people come to Rockhound to dig for rocks. The terrain is filled with semi-precious minerals—quartz crystals, geodes, jasper, onyx, opal, agate—all free for the taking. You’re allowed to haul out 15 pounds of rocks per day, per person. We resist the temptation. Rock collecting is most definitely not a viable hobby for RV travel.
What we do enjoy are the beautiful hiking trails that head up into the mountains from the campground, the dark night skies, the sunshine, and the birding—bands of scaled quail roam the grounds, and ladderback woodpeckers and curve-billed thrashers call from their prickly perches in cholla and ocotillo. It’s a lovely place to relax for a couple of days.
Dear Laurel and Eric, we have enjoyed reading and seeing the beautiful pictures of your trip home! I understand that you have arrived safe and sound.
I cannot tell you what a enjoyable time it was seeing you again, and meeting Eric. I know your Mom and Dad are still soaking in the time they spent with you. Let’s please keep in touch. Love Rick and Karren
We don’t know if you remember us but we met outside of Sierra Vista and later at Patagonia State Park chasing a trogan. You pointed us to Rockhound State Park and we enjoyed our visit there too.
We follow your blog and enjoy your adventures.
Happy Trails to You!