Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Snowbird RV Adventure: Tucson to Ft. Huachuca to Rockhound State Park

Days 9-13

Apache Flats
Ft. Huachuca
Army Base

April 4-7: Do you have favourite places to visit? We do traveling by RV in Arizona. We usually return to a favourite spot at least once a travel season. Great parks like Apache Flats at Ft. Huachuca Army Base near Sierra Vista is one of ours. So much so, we were here in December, January and now in Part 3.

It's an easy hour and fifteen minute drive from the Tucson Lazydays KOA using I-10 and Highway 90. Highways help keep us from holding up traffic.

We requested an end site to use our telescope for night sky viewing. Read more about that in the previous post.

You can read more about Apache Flats from previous visits by clicking here.

Rockhound State Park
New Mexico

April 8: Our trip plans next led us across the New Mexico border. Unlike our easy drive to Ft. Huachuca, our drive to Rockhound State Park near Deming was much longer. The first part through the Arizona foothills on I-10 was pretty. Passing through Texas Canyon we saw massive tilting rocks of quartz monzonite.  Volcanically formed below the earth's surface, they uplifted and weathered into fanciful formations.

Tilting and precarious rocks in Texas Canyon, AZ.

After a two and a half hour drive we stopped at Lordsburg, New Mexico, for gas at a Pilot truck stop and lunched on Arby's roast beef sandwiches. Our next stop, Rockhound State Park, was only another hour and a half drive away.

The white dot is our RV's private site at the base of the mountain.

Rockhound is a unique destination. There are 29 campsites, 23 with power and water, nestled at the base of the Little Florida Mountains near Deming. Like the name says, the area is know for rockhounding specimens such as thunder eggs, geodes, perlite, rhyolite, quartz and jasper. Even more unique, you are allowed to collect and keep samples.

Each level site came with a picnic table, ramada cover, fire ring, water, power and ample space. A dump station is available for campers' use.

We were able to have the first campfire of our trip. We enjoyed its warmth and stayed outdoors to watch the stars come out, but the bright moon kept the Milky Way in hiding. What a wonderful way to end a long day of driving.

When you travel, how many hours do you prefer to spend on the road. Our ideal is two hours, but sometimes that isn't possible between destinations. -- Margy

I'm sharing with Through My Lens by Mersad.

Also stop by Sharon's Souvenirs for some travel trips and suggestions, a Wednesday linkup for My Corner of the World at Photographing New Zealand and Tuesdays with a Twist at Stone Cottage Adventures.


  1. Looks like you are surrounded by amazing scenery and not people. How lovely! #SharonsSouvenirs

  2. You have the details of traveling down to a science!

  3. Glad you were able to enjoy such spectacular scenery!

    Love the photos.

    Happy Easter!

  4. Margy - those rock formations are fascinating. We do have favorite places to go, too many to mention here! As for road trips, we don't mind spending 4 - 6 hours in the car, as long as the destination is worthwhile! Happy Easter to you!

  5. Great pictures!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!! Hope you had a great Easter!!

  6. We have Tucson booked for 2023. I wish I was soaking up some desert heat right now. Minnesota so cold.

  7. ...ah, everything is so lush and lovely!

  8. I miss my wife and our vacation camping trips to every state but Hawaii. Going by yourself isn't nearly as much fun O well new hobby adult coloring books and mowing the lawn here in small town Minnesota

  9. Rockhound State Park sounds irresistible to me.

  10. Two to three tops. It looks like you're having fun!


Thanks for stopping by. Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome. - Margy