Villanueva State Park RV & Campground Guide

New Mexico

One of the few state parks created through a land grant, Villanueva State Park is a haven for hikers and canoe enthusiasts. When you visit, be sure to hike to the observation deck and gaze down at the Pecos River below. You may see canoers paddling in the river, anglers along its sandy shoreline, and children splashing on its edges. Hike on a different path and you can see the campground that is located next to the river from a different vantage point. While the area around you seems desolate, if you look closer, you may see birds and wildlife that call this park home. This park is located about 1 mile outside of Villanueva, whose residents gave the land to the state, 9 miles by road southwest of El Cerrito and 55 miles southeast of Santa Fe.

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Weather
Spring 38-69 F
Summer 57-88 F
Fall 44-86 F
Winter 24-51 F
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Nearby Cities
El Cerrito, NM
Santa Fe, NM
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Villanueva State Park

If you love solitude and quiet, then you may not want to disrupt the sanctity of your trip by staying in a hotel. Instead, bring your RV or rent one on RVshare.com. This New Mexico destination is perfect for RVers.

Villanueva State Park Campground

The campground at Villanueva State Park sits near the Pecos River, making it an ideal place for swimmers, canoers and anglers to stay. Rates start at about $10 per day and $70 per week at this campground with wheelchair-accessible sites. 

• Water hookup: No 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: No 

• Wi-Fi: No 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Nearby river 

Las Vegas, New Mexico KOA

Shop for local handicrafts at the camp store, enjoy the tasty breakfast buffet, and swim in the seasonally opened pool at Las Vegas, New Mexico KOA. Rates start at about $30 per night at this campground, where you can rent bikes to explore the local area. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Pool, breakfast buffet, camp store 

Clines Corners RV Park

Get a sandwich from the Subway before exploring the gift shop and convenience store at Clines Corners RV Park. Rates start at about $26 a night at this campground with a café, gas station, and other conveniences. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: 2 restaurants, gift shop, convenience store 

Rancheros de Santa Fe Campground

Located on 22 acres of pinion pine and juniper on the edge of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Rancheros de Santa Fe Campground offers free nightly movies during the summer, an outdoor, seasonally open pool and hiking trails. Rates start at about $30 per night at this campground. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Cable TV, nightly movies, seasonal pool 

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What to Do at
Villanueva State Park

Inside Villanueva State Park

If you love kicking back and taking life at a slower pace, Villanueva State Park makes for a satisfying road trip. Stroll along the trails and cross the hiking bridges to see this unique park scenery. Throw a line in the Pecos River, or watch your children play in the playground and the sandy beach. Depending on rainfall amounts, you can enjoy canoeing on the Pecos River.

Outside Villanueva State Park

Villanueva State Park’s location makes it a great spot to visit communities within an hour's drive. Historic Las Vegas, New Mexico, with its 900 historical buildings, makes a great day trip. You may also enjoy exploring Santa Fe, with its interesting mix of heritage and modern technology while Clines Corner is an interesting destination to the south.

Restaurants

Charlie’s Bakery and Café

Charlie’s is your spot for Mexican food. If you're looking for something unique to eat that will leave a lasting memory, consider the sopapillas stuffed with your choice of beans, ground beef, or chicken.

Type: Mexican

Location: 713 Douglas Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701

The Skillet

Step into this eclectic venue and enjoy Mexican favorites with heathy twists in a sports bar vibe. You can easily watch the big game on the three televisions while dining on burrito bowls, chopped salads, or quesadillas.

Type: Mexican

Location: 623 12th St, Las Vegas, NM 87701

Sazon

You'll see artwork created by artists in Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Cabo, Mexico, that are highlighted with specially designed fixtures at this upscale restaurant in Santa Fe. The Latin-inspired specials that appear on your table are delicious works of art.

Type: Latin

Location: 221 Shelby St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Geronimo

Geronimo is set inside an adobe home built in 1756, and this dining room has been named among the top 10 in America by TripAdvisor. You will not want to miss the chance to eat the French-fusion food served there.

Type: French

Location: 724 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Shopping

Clines Corner Retail Center

This combination retail store and restaurant offers good diner-style food in a large retail space filled with lots of interesting gifts and souvenirs.

Location: 1 Yacht Club Dr, Clines Corners, NM 87070

The Golden Eye

For more than 25 years, shoppers have been finding one-of-a-kind jewelry at this store. The pieces are designed to be stacked or worn separately.

Location: 115 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Honey Salon & Tea Shop

Find honey from around the world and products made with honey at this shop. You can also pick up plenty of Southwest décor that's up for sale.

Location: 554 Juanita St., Santa Fe, NM 87501

Silver Art

Located in what is billed at the oldest trading post in the United States, check out the jewelry handmade by Navajo, Santa Domingo and Zuni Pueblo Native Americans at this store.

Location: 201 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Posters of Santa Fe

Shop the wide selection of Southwest posters available at this location that also frames artwork.

Location: 2107 Warner Circle, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Sightseeing

Dwan Light Sanctuary

Located on the United World College-USA campus, the Dawn Light Sanctuary has been carefully positioned so that prisms reflect the light in unique ways to create a peaceful environment.

Location: Forest 263 Rd, Las Vegas, NM 87701

Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge

Go wildlife watching, hiking, hunting, and attend educational and interpretive programs at this 8,672-acre refuge that contains some of the few remaining wetlands in the state.

Location: Route 1, Box 399, Las Vegas, New Mexico 87701

Storrie Lake State Park

Built around a 1,100-acre lake, you can go boating, windsurfing, fishing, and camping at this state park.

Location: 3 Esequiel C De Baca LN, Las Vegas, NM 87701

Fort Union National Monument

See the remnants of the adobe-style Fort Union Fort, which was the largest military fort in the area from 1851 to 1891, at this site.

Location: 3115 NM-161, Watrous, NM 87753

Kaizen Scuba

The New Mexico desert may not be where you expect to find a scuba diving school, but visiting this business that teaches diving and arranges trips will be enough to prove you wrong.

Location: 1422 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Reflecting a unique blending of Native American and Spanish Colonial architecture, tour the summer home of Georgia O’Keeffe, where she painted many of her masterpieces. 

Location: 217 Johnson St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

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How to Get to
Villanueva State Park

It's pretty straightforward getting to Villanueva State Park from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Get on Interstate 25 going southeast, then get off at exit 323 for NM-3 S toward Villanueva. Turn right onto NM-3 S, veer a slight left onto County Rd B29E and continue straight to get on Dodge Drive. Look up, and you will see the park.

Entering Villanueva State Park

For day use, Villanueva State Park is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Per vehicle : $5

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