Rockhound State Park issues final plans: Name, rock collecting will stay the same

You could call it a victory of public opinion over government regulation. New Mexico State Parks released its final management plan for Rockhound State Park Tuesday and it does not include the previously proposed and controversial recommendations to change the park's name and to prohibit rockhounding the collecting of rocks. Read more
Sally Allen

United States

#1 Jun 23, 2011
Fine article, Matt. Thank you for your support and getting the word out.

Cedar Crest, NM

#2 Jun 23, 2011
Rockhound is one of the few things Deming really has going for it. As someone who has spent a considerable amount of time in Deming over the past 5-6 years, I have come to understand the importance of Rockhound for tourism and it's good that people can continue to look for treasures and take them home.

Now if Deming can attract some more restaurants, restore downtown and clean things up, there may be hope for what is considered a "dirty rest stop" between Las Cruces and Silver City.
Roger Thompson

Twentynine Palms, CA

#3 Jun 23, 2011
What grand news, rock collecting saved by public comments and common sense.
Ellen Moe

Van Nuys, CA

#4 Jun 23, 2011
This article is posted on LA-ROCKS, the oldest online group devoted to rockhounding. So, over 1,000 members will read about this important victory. Thank you to the town of Deming and all the others who gave input to keep this park open for the purpose it was founded.
In California, we are seeing continual closing of areas historically used for hobbyists and families to collect rocks. Most recently, the "Ant Hill" area near Bakersfield where sharks teeth and other marine fossils are found was approved for a housing development.
I hope to make my first visit to Deming sometime later this year!

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