Ron & Elena's 2012 & 2013 Travels travel blog

Our campsite at Rockhound SP.

A view of our site from the east side.

View from Spring Canyon Park. The Rockhound campground is just right of...

With full optical and electronic zoom we can spot Da Honu just...

The road leading up to Spring Canyon has a section with a...

Another view of the rugged volcanic mountains in this area.

Sunset from our campsite.

Pancho Villa State Park Campground. Many sites were available unlike Rockhound which...

This is the original Camp Furlong headquarters building - one of several...

Yesterday we left Las Cruces and drove west to the Deming, NM area. Rockhound State Park is just a few miles southeast of Deming. We’ve been through Deming quite often but never had occasion to explore the area. We found a very nice site at the rather small campground in Rockhound, got Da Honu unhooked and set-up, and then went for a ride. Spring Canyon State Park is a small day-use park about 3 or 4 miles away and quite a bit higher in the mountains. It seems to be operated as a part of Rockhound but they are physically separate. It was a clear day and we had very nice views of the area surrounding the park.

Today we took a day trip down to Pancho Villa State Park about 30 miles to the south and just a mile from the Mexico border crossing. The primary purpose of this park is to preserve what’s left of Camp Furlong. Pancho Villa and a band of Mexican soldiers attacked the adjacent town of Columbus back in 1916. Soldiers at Camp Furlong got involved in the battle and a force led by General Pershing crossed into Mexico in pursuit of Pancho Villa. General Pershing employed aircraft during this mission; the first time aircraft had been used in battle. The experience he gained proved very useful at the start of WW I. This skirmish is the last time the US has been invaded by hostile forces.

There is a large campground at Pancho Villa SP with nice large sites. We’ve met several RVers who camp here and then make day trips across the border to have dental work done in the border town of Palomas. Our research indicates there is some history of drug related violence in the Palomas area so I think we’ll stick with Algodones.

We spent some time looking at the preserved Camp Furlong artifacts and old buildings, took a drive south to the border crossing, and then headed back home to Rockhound SP.

Rock hounds are especially attracted to this state park because there is a plentiful variety of minerals and semi-precious stones just lying on top of the ground awaiting discovery. Park visitors are allowed to collect and keep anything they find up to a certain weight limit. Now, to our untrained eyes a rock is a rock is a rock and the last thing we need is a bunch of heavy rocks to haul around. But we did take a nice hike on one of the park trails that winds around the mountain.

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