Spring Canyon State Park isn’t a place you stumble upon. To be fair, there are several signs for it in the Deming, New Mexico area, but you won’t, say, accidentally find yourself there. The closest place to it is Rockhound State Park, known for its interesting geology.
I haven’t been able to find a lot about the history of this park, but judging by the signage and the setup, I wonder if it used to either a) have a visitor’s center or b) allow tent campers. In any case, there isn’t much to it. Be aware it’s closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and if you’ve got questions about it, visit the Rockhound visitor’s center and ask them.
But when you start following the the road to Spring Canyon, it’s a wild ride. Literally. The extremely steep ups and downs of the road felt like a roller coaster and the cell service disappeared…and I was treated to some of the best views I’ve seen in New Mexico. When I arrived and drove in, I got ready to hike.
Everything I had read made it sound like Lovers’ Leap was the best of the two trails – the other may actually not exist anymore. I’m not especially in shape, but I figured I could handle the trail, described as moderate with steep grades.
As you can see, I was rewarded for my efforts with gorgeous views. I had to take frequent breaks and watch my footing extremely carefully, but I’d absolutely do it again. The trail gets hot but there’s a really nice mix of trees where you can seek shade along the path.
I highly recommend bringing plenty of water and snacks on the trail, of course, and I’d also recommend visiting for a picnic. There are lots of picnic tables with charcoal grills and the views are really fantastic.
I highly recommend a visit. And if you need a nearby campground, consider Rockhound State Park, especially if you can skip great internet or cell service. It’s got two great trails of its own and a nice setup.
Temperatures are warming up here, hitting the 80’s most days. It’s a little warm but the nights are cooler and we’re really enjoying it.
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2 thoughts on “Spring Canyon State Park, New Mexico”
Hi Jamie, if you remember, was there a gate to the park, or can you just drive up and hike anytime? Also, I will be driving a U-Haul while towing a car on my way to AZ. Would I be able to make it to the entrance of the park driving that?
Hi Zachary! I don’t recall a gate, but it wouldn’t surprise me if there was one, given their strict stated park hours. I think the U-Haul and car combo would be tricky here. Your main issue would be finding a place to turn around. There isn’t one big parking lot here….I’d recommend using Google’s satellite feature to look at the layout, or maybe calling and speaking with someone. It’s also very steep driving in, which might be nerve-wracking with your setup. Come to think of it though, there is a decent sized parking lot that looks like it’s used for people renting a larger building, maybe for special events…it’s possible you’d fit in there, though I’m not sure how rough driving into it would be. I’d talk to a ranger if it were me. And if unhooking is an option, I’d highly recommend that!