Villanueva State Park

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gstjio
Austin, TX40 contributions
Aug 2011
I can deal with and endure a lot of things. Sometimes, it is good to go back to the basics so you can appreciate the things you already have and taken for granted.

I can sleep on the ground, on thin inflatable mattress. I can sleep with make shift pillow made from piled up dirty clothes. I can go without showering every day. I can deal with no TV, no radio, no stereo, no computer for days.

I can even deal with some bugs and flies. But not a swarm of flies. And swarm of flies was what Villanueva State Park had when we stayed there in August 2011. We were planning to stay there two nights, but we cut it short to one. All because of the flies.

I am not joking. Our camp site was invested with flies. See the pictures of my CRV tires. The flies seemed to like it. I was bitten by horse flies many times. We could not seem to keep flies out of our tent -- with the kids going in and out of it. In fact, we packed some home with us in our tent, because it was impossible to get them out of our tent. Yuck.

Aside from the flies, the park offered a nice accessible river and a beautiful view. My kids had fun playing in the river. Had it not because of the flies, we would have had a much nicer time.
Written September 12, 2011
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ravensnest89
Edgewood, NM378 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
Take the road less travelled and a picnic lunch to Villanueva State Park. Tucked down along the Pecos River surrounded by sandstone bluffs. Rainbow trout are stocked spring and fall so bring your fishing tackle. Great place to spend time.
Written November 13, 2017
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35patriciaj
Deming NM14 contributions
Sep 2017 • Family
This campground can be used for a day or for overnight camping. The Pecos River flows through the campground and can be used for fishing, wading, or tubing. There are restrooms complete with showers, a playground for the kids and several places to have a picnic. The drive is beautiful-very peaceful and clean. There are several sites that can be reserved ahead of time especially if hosting a large gathering like a family reunion or church outing.
Written September 6, 2017
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David R
Albuquerque, NM553 contributions
Jul 2017 • Solo
This state park is off-the-beaten path near the tiny village of Villanueva, New Mexico. It's a quiet opportunity to picnic and fish along the upper Pecos River.
Written July 10, 2017
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Jhamlin1980
Tulsa, OK13 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
The campground was nice and clean. Beware that the roads leading to it are very narrow. We had a 26ft travel trailer and we had to be cautious. Also, it is pretty much 30+ minutes from gas.
Written July 25, 2016
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Fred R
Lamy, NM83 contributions
Nov 2015 • Family
We live in Santa Fe and the state park is only a 1.5 hour drive. Our Sons had gone there for boy scouts and really liked it. The park is on the Pecos river and is very secluded by high cliffs on both sides. The is NO cell service, TV stations or even radio so plan on doing things like hiking, reading or just relaxing. The bathrooms are extremely clean, heated and even have a private shower with hot water. The visitor's center has two gentleman that are very helpful and there is a small display area that talks about all the animals and sites. This park is situated on the route that Francisco Vázquez de Coronado took in 1540. There is also the ruins of the original Spanish town on one of the hiking trails. Only issue is our Garmin GPS did not have a clue on how to get us here and will put you in places that you do not want to be with a 42 foot 5th wheel. We stayed in site 9A (have to reserve in advance) and had 30 amp power and water as long as you have a splitter so you can share the water with the site next door. We were right on the river.
Written November 11, 2015
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DorisDeeExploris
68 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
This was our first stop on our week long road trip for our 4 year anniversary. This place was amazing and so secluded from everything. Looking forward to visiting again someday!
Written October 27, 2015
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M J
Austin, TX7,966 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
My husband and I spent about two hours at Villanueva State park. The Pecos River runs along the road through the entire park. The campsites are located on both sides of the road through the entire park. The area for the day trippers was very small and not many picnic tables. The Pecos River was very muddy and was moving along quickly. There were a few people swimming in the water. The foot bridge over the Pecos River really nice and we enjoyed standing on it and watch the river below. We did not hike the trails because storms were in the area and we did not want to be caught on the trail if it started hailing. We heard the trails were great. To get to the park, take exit 323 (NM 3) off of I-25. Continue south on NM 3 for 15 miles. The speed limit is 25-35 most of the way but the windy ride and scenery was interesting.
Written June 7, 2015
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Joan W
Green Valley, AZ552 contributions
Oct 2013 • Solo
I was westbound on I-25 planning on staying in Albuquerque for the night. Rather than staying on the interstate, I decided to take Highway 3 which runs 30 miles between I-25 and I-40. The road to the park is a series of curves and small towns (some dating back to the 18th century) with the speed limit 25-35 miles per hour in several places. The scenery is so beautiful and there is so much history that I made frequent stops before I even reached the park. The park was a pleasant surprise. Very few people were there when I visited on a weekday in early October. There is interesting history in the park to learn about including the fact Coronado came through the area in 1540 and this was a principal crossing on the Sante Fe Trail. The Pecos River was very dry, but the 400 foot sandstone cliffs rising up from the river were impressisve. I had hoped the scrub oaks and cottonwoods would be in their fall colors, but there was just a hint of color starting to appear. I was surprised at the array of wildflowers still blooming. The park has a visitor center along with camping, hiking and picnicking. I enjoyed my couple of hour visit and the scenery leading to the park. I felt I got my $5.00 worth.
Written November 8, 2013
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Annette G
Las Vegas, NM2 contributions
Jun 2013 • Family
The park is very clean and the noise level is low. The park rangers were very nice and gave us lots of history about the area. Sad that the river has been so dry but we had a great time there anyway.
Written June 18, 2013
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