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“Great state history museum”

Pancho Villa State Park
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Even with a name of an invader, this is a must-see park. First start with the short movie presentation to get an historical context. Then the surprisingly large exhibition area goes in depth to showcase not only the invasion itself but also the repercussions. You will learn that this invasion had enormous consequences for the United States because the methods used to hunt down and punish the Villistas prepared the U.S. military for the upcoming battles of World War I. The museum has a replica airplane and automobiles with bullet holes from Pancho himself so even the younger visitors or those not into history can have some appreciation of the event.

The museum also goes beyond the historical aspect with information on the desert plants and wildlife. You can hike to the top of the hill to get a view of the battleground and the town. There is also a campground that seemed to be empty because it was almost summer (i.e. HOT). It probably is used a lot more in the winter.

Not a bad way to spend a few bucks and a few hours.

4  Thank LoneStarTrippin
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Pancho Villa State Park is a desert rv/camping park just a few miles north of the Mexican border. In the visitor center is a replica of the Jenny airplane that was used by the First Aero Squadron to search for the famous bandito after he raided Columbus, New Mexico. Across the street is the Historical Society's museum in the old railroad station building with lots of Pancho Villa memorabillia and local history. Bring your passport to cross the border to The Pink Store in Palomas for good food, inexpensive margaritas, and shopping for authentic Mexican products from glassware to tequilla. Many people go to Palomas for dental work and eye glasses at prices much lower than in the States. The climate is dry except in late summer when thunderstorms may erupt.

6  Thank evans89820
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Nice combination of history & scenery, interesting drive past the Florida Mts. The small museum is worth a visit.

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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Wonderful place to hike and camp. The view is lovely and be sure to hike the tall mountain. It is a ways from Las Cruces but closer to Alomogordo

1  Thank duepplestrasse5-7
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

First, I admit that I work for NM State Parks. That said, I job requires me to visit every single park. Pancho Villa SP is among our more unique parks. It tells an interesting history in the midst of where the history happened. The staff are informed and helpful and the grounds meticulously clean. Enjoy the replica Jenny hanging from the museum "in flight."

3  Thank Alan R
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