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  • bottomlesslakedock

    We should probably back up a bit and talk about Bottomless Lakes here just outside of Roswell. It is yet another state park that has a great deal of physical beauty. The lakes are small but sparkling clear.  

  • The rugged slopes of the Little Florida Mountains are the setting for this park, which boasts trails, unique geology, wildflower displays, and a peaceful campground. The stunning scenery of the Spring Canyon unit of the park provides a peaceful area for hiking or picnicking. /div>
     
    When we decided to visit Rockhound and told some other folks we heard a lot about how we wouldn't like it.  Not much to do, no shade trees, etc., etc.  Well, no, there weren't shade trees.  However, we found it to be a delightful place with so much to offer.  The hiking in the Little Florida Mountains was excellent - part of that trail was easily accessible for the one of us who has difficulty hiking.  That part of the trail went through a small botanical garden with information about the plants growing.
     
    Further down that trail you will understand how the park gets its name.  Thunder Eggs and geodes are the hot items those rockhounders find, however, there are incredible rock finds, including Mexican Opal and other semi-precious stones.  One of our neighbors had an entire rock processing thing going on with cleaning solutions, tumbler, the whole smash.  We were a little envious.
     
    Another wonderful aspect of this camp was the interprative center.  While we spent our week there, there were two offerings.  One was an Owl Walk and another was a stargazing program.  With the lights of Deming shining miles away in the desert, Rockhound had an amazing view of the night sky and constellations.  The views were magnificent 24 hours a day.
     
    Across the road from the park lies another park (not for camping) called Spring Canyon.  We drove up the mountains over there for an amazing view of The Needle and the plains below.  More hiking, more rockhounding, more outstanding views.
     
    The sites are a combination of hook ups and rustic.  They also have some reservation and some walk up.  This is a small park and our host met us and led us to the last walk up site with hookups.  We came to be quite grateful for that as we saw campers turned away on a daily basis.  The bath and showers were excellent and clean.  Most of the walking will be up or down hill, so it is a challenge.  We highly recommend a stop here!