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Villanueva State Park, NM

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Villanueva State Park is located south of Las Vegas, NM, in a canyon through which flows the Pecos River. Besides camping, the park offers opportunities for fishing and hiking.

505-421-2957

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We arrived on a Saturday afternoon in mid-October and found several sites available, some with, some without hookups. Since we were expecting a chilly night, we opted for site 10B with electricity.

Date of visit: Oct 2013

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The next day we were able to move to a little more private site, 9A, across the road and backing to the river. This picture was taken from across the river.

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Site 20 B is located near the river.

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Sites 22B and 23B.

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Site 17B is a large back-in site along the river.

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14B and 16B share a cul-de-sac; 14B is the site in back closer to the river.

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There is a group site situated around a large shelter. There are hookups for 2 rigs.

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4A is smaller site suitable for tenting or pop-ups.

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9A is a nice site backing to the river.

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Sites 11A and 12A are essentially a large shared site; the electric box is located behind the sign.

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El Cerro is a separate loop atop a hill. There are 10 sites up there, no hookups, but with central water and vault toilets available. This is 31C, which affords a great view down the canyon.

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Site 21 C is another of the El Cerro sites.

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The bathhouse offers free hot showers. The showers have the push-to-use button, so as not to waste water.

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There is a small visitors center with information about the park and area, as well as some displays of artifacts found when the park was built in 1967.

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There is a playground for the kids and a volleyball court.

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At the far end of the campground, a trails follows the river downstream into the canyon.

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Near the middle of the campground there is a footbridge over the river that gives access to a two-mile loop trail that climbs to the top of the canyon.

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There are a few steep pitches, but all in all, it's not too strenuous.

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At the summit is a picnic area with several cabanas and a great view of the meandering Pecos River.

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From the top of the canyon one has a great overall view of the campground.

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The trail follows the top of the canyon wall about half a mile before it descends back to the river.

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Along the way we came across this fellow taking the morning sun.

Amenities

35 Sites (12 w/ E(30)) $10 w/o elec, $14 w/ elec

Hot showers

Dump station available

VZW data/voice require antenna and amplifier, and even then is spotty

Coord: 35.26424 N, 105.33473 W