P.O. Box 450
Columbus, NM 88029
Gate Hours: 24
On March 9, 1916,
soldiers led by Mexican Gen. Francisco �Pancho�
Villa attacked the military camp at the sleepy
border town of Columbus, New Mexico, killing 18
Americans. This was the only ground invasion of the
continental U.S. since 1812.
Pancho Villa State
Park is located in the village of Columbus, 35 miles
south of Deming via NM Hwy. 11. From El Paso, take
NM Hwy 9 65 miles west.
Pancho Villa State
Park�s extensive historical exhibits depicting the
raid and the U.S. Army�s subsequent Punitive
Expedition into Mexico are now housed in the park�s
new $1.8 million 7,000 sq. ft. Exhibit Hall.
The park is located
on the grounds of former Camp Furlong from where
Gen. John J. �Black Jack� Pershing launched
10,000 troops on an 11-months, 500-mile pursuit of
Villa into Mexico. The Exhibit Hall tells the story
that begins with the 1910 Mexican Revolution and
ends with Pershing�s command of the Allied Forces
when the U.S. entered World War I.
and funds appropriated by the New Mexico Legislature
in 1999, Pancho Villa State Park acquired
expedition-era examples of the vehicles and
technology employed by Pershing and his men. The
Exhibit Hall contains a full-size replica Curtiss
JN-3 �Jenny� airplane used by the 1st Aero
Squadron; a 1916 Dodge touring car, the type used by
Pershing for a field office; historic artifacts;
military weapons and ribbons. An armored tank stands
as a sentinel outside the facility.
rudimentary initial instructions, military recruits
were given orders to drive vehicles and fly the
airplanes, which had not been previously tested at high-altitudes. As
a result, equipment modernization and mechanical
specialization during the 1916-1917 expedition
period proved be essential to U.S. military success
during World War I.
At Pancho Villa
State Park, several buildings date from the time of
Villa�s raid and are listed on the National
Register of Historic Places. These include the 1902
former U.S. Customs House, two adobe structures
dating from the Camp Furlong-era and Camp Furlong
The Exhibit Hall is
open year-round, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven-days a
week. The adjacent campground, offering picnicking,
62 electrical hookups and tenting sites, is open
year-round, 24-hours a day.
RV Dump Station