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Hidden Gem

The campground was nice and clean. Beware that the roads leading to it are very narrow. We had a... read more

Reviewed July 25, 2016
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Nestled Away

On our way out to northern New Mexico we stopped at this little park instead of enjoying hotel stay... read more

Reviewed June 19, 2016
San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

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.

2  Thank Jhamlin1980
Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

On our way out to northern New Mexico we stopped at this little park instead of enjoying hotel stay in Santa Fe. We drove in on highway 3 from the south and road fairly desolate but with good vistas. After arriving in town of Villanueva...More

1  Thank jzertu
Reviewed November 11, 2015

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...More

2  Thank Fred R
Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

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!

2  Thank DorisDeeExploris
Reviewed September 15, 2015

This is a very nice campground. Very quiet, clean and a beautiful view. In Villanueva there is a little store, visit it, very friendly people.

1  Thank Therese S
Reviewed June 7, 2015

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...More

2  Thank M J
Reviewed December 13, 2013

This is one of the better-kept secrets in northeastern New Mexico. It takes a few minutes to drive the lovely, curving road that follows the Pecos River Canyon to Villanueva, an old Spanish settlement at the base of a dramatic escarpment. A few more miles...More

7  Thank rbdancer52
Reviewed November 21, 2013

DId a lot of research on where I wanted to go while my husband was in a conference in Albuquerque and decided on this state park for the hiking and photo ops! The hike up was not terrible but I wish I had hiking boots...More

4  Thank Justbreathe2000
Reviewed November 8, 2013

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...More

2  Thank Joan W
Reviewed August 30, 2013

The park ranger was a bit surprised when I said I was there strictly for hiking. I went on the Viewpoint Loop Trail and loved it! It's about 2 miles long and just enough of a work out for this slightly overweight, slightly out of...More

4  Thank 13SS
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February 2, 2018|
Response from ravensnest89 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Jennifer. The restroom facilities are top notch at the park. There is a small playground area and lots of trails. The river is not really conducive for your girls to play in however. May I suggest Sumner Lake State... More
October 12, 2016|
Response from Jhamlin1980 | Reviewed this property |
The gates close at 9 nightly. We had a reservation this summer. There are limited number of campsites, so I would call/reserve before making the trip out there.