Villanueva State Park
P. O. Box 40
Villanueva NM 87583
To get to Villanueva State Park
from Las Vegas, take I-25 south for 23 miles to exit 323, and then go
15 miles south on NM 3.
Villanueva State Park is a charming riverside
park nestled in a canyon of red and yellow sandstone cliffs near a
picturesque Spanish-colonial village of Villanueva. Towering
cottonwoods and a variety of other native trees and shrubs add
additional color to the landscape.
The park's adobe-style picnic shelters were
designed and grouped to resemble a Spanish hamlet, similar to those
that existed in the area in earlier times. A footbridge gives hikers
access to trails leading along the river to other sites.
The park has two maintained hiking trails. The
Canyon Trail is a 2.5-mile loop from the river to the top of the
canyon and back to the river. Hikers cross a bridge over the Pecos
River and turn south, heading gradually up the canyon wall. The trail
gives good views down to the river, and also has two interpretive
signs part way up the side of the canyon.
One discusses ruins of a
nineteenth-century Spanish colonial threshing floor, used in
processing grain. The other describes the Texas/Santa Fe expedition of
1841, which passed through this area.
Fishing in the Pecos River is best from fall
through spring, when the river is stocked with rainbow trout, and
German brown trout. The river is open to canoeing whenever the water
level is high enough.
- Visitor Center
- Group Shelter
- Developed Sites (31)
- Electric Sites (12)
- RV Dump Station
- Wildlife Viewing