What to do in 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, which sits at an altitude of 5,600 feet, is comprised of 1,600 acres of land. Park amenities include a visitor center, group shelter, a playground, restrooms, and showers. Camping facilities include 28 developed sites, many with electric hookup, and an RV dump station.

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.

Recreational opportunities include camping, picnicking, fishing, and hiking the area trails.

Villanueva State Park is located in the east-central region of the state, just south of Las Vegas, NM on State Highway 3.

Annual precipitation is 14.2 inches. Summer temperatures range from lows around 52 to highs around 89. Winter temps range from lows of 22 degrees to highs around 53.

P.O. Box 40
Villanueva, NM 87583

Phone: 505-421-2957

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