State: New Mexico
Address 1: PO Box 40
Phone: (575) 421-2957
Open all Year: Yes
Number of Sites: 33
Full Hook: Yes
Nestled between high red sandstone bluffs along the Pecos River, near the picturesque Spanish-colonial village of Villanueva, lies Villanueva State Park.
Villanueva State Park is a charming riverside park situated in a canyon of red and yellow sandstone cliffs. 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, including a prehistoric Indian ruin and a cliff-top vantage point.
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.