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Villanueva State Park  – Est. 1967

The park is nestled between high sandstone bluffs that form a canyon along the Pecos River near the small Village of Villanueva. Camp or picnic under the shade of giant cottonwood trees. Enjoy fishing, birding, wildflower viewing, or hiking the trails along the canyon walls. A group shelter is available to rent and makes a great place for gatherings and reunions. Remember, the Village of Villanueva is a small historic town. Please obey the posted speed limit and drive slowly through the community.

Want to visit?

This park offers electricity, a dump station, and popular developed campsites along the Pecos River. The park can host RVs up to 40 feet. First come, first serve sites are available year-round. Spaces 26c-36c in the El Cerro campground are offered April through October, and sites 20-25 are available November through March. Please note that the park gates will be locked at 7 PM in the winter season (October-March), and 9 PM during the summer season (April-September). Generators and radios/music must be turned off by 10 PM nightly. A Camp Host is also available on-site year-round.

  • Regular day-use hours apply 7 AM to 7 PM
  • Quiet hours from 10 PM to 7 AM
  • Measurements for campsites can be found under site details on Reserve America

Travel tips:

  • Purchase a Day-Use Pass online in advance at Reserve America for convenience
  • Quality fishing for catfish is available in summer, and trout is abundant in winter
  • Tubing on the Pecos River is a popular activity. Please bring lifejackets it’s the law!
  • Pets are welcome on a leash. Please clean up after
  • Villanueva is located between Santa Fe (59 miles) and Las Vegas (35 miles)
  • The park is located on NM Highhway3 between I-40 and I-25
  • A local restaurant is located 5 minutes away
  • The park experiences all four seasons, prepare accordingly
  • Park Elevation 6,110 ft
  • Local general stores, including ATM access, are located 1.4 miles from the park in Villanueva
  • Nearest gas stations:
    • Pecos River Station, located off I-25 (exit 319), 16 miles from the park.
    • Flying C Ranch, located off I-40 (exit 234), 25 miles from the park


  • Boating:
    • Canoe/Kayak
  • Camping
  • Education Programs
  • Equestrian Camping:
    • Campsite 3
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking
  • Swimming
  • Trails:
  • Wildlife Viewing
    • Birding


  • Campground Facilities:
    • 36 Developed Campsites:
      • 12 Electric Sites
    • Water in Campground
    • RV Dump Station
    • Group Campsites
  • Restrooms:
    • Restrooms with water
    • Showers
    • Vault Toilets
  • Group Facilities:
    • Group Picnic Shelter
    • Group Camping
  • Playground
  • Visitor Center
    • Exhibits


135 Dodge Road
Villanueva, NM 87583


Cheryl Kolls
Central Region Manager