Pancho Villa State Park
At the site of the last armed incursion into the continental United States, the state of New Mexico has a park on the site of Camp Furlong, containing a few of the original buildings and facilities. The park includes a museum commemorating the raid and the followup raid done by the US Army.
It also has a pleasant, xeriscaped campground and a native plant garden. In the Spring, the wildflowers are likely to be spectacular (depending on the winter precipitation).
|Campground data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the campground||About the campground||Plants around the campground||Comments|
When we visited it:
|PVSP||Campground||Pancho Villa State Park|
Maps:Geohack online map list Paper maps:
|Map name||Cartographer||Year||Scale||Topo map?||Online access||Notes|
|Coronado National Forest, Douglas Ranger District||US Forest Service||1975||1:126720||N||From the National Forest Store (purchase)||Most of this map covers Arizona, so it is rarely listed as a NM map.|
|Wildernesses of New Mexico||US Forest Service||1981||1:1000000||N||No online copies.||Base map with national forests, wilderness areas and highways.|
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Getting to the campground:
From Deming, head south on NM 11 to Columbus. The town is small, and the park is on the southern side of town, at the intersection of NM 9 and NM 11. The entrance is on NM 9. Finding the park is easy, as it is well-signed.
About the campground:
The campsites are xeriscaped---the park is full of native plants of all kinds, and they surround all of the campsites.
Campsites 1-25 are further separated; for these, the visual density is around 9.
Campsites 26-62 closer together and have fewer plants separating them. The visual density here is around 34.
The tent area is one of the best, if not the best I have ever seen.
The campground has a playground, with a nearby picnic area, and benches for the parents to relax on while the younger ones burn off excess energy. Note the sunshade to keep the kids from broiling in the summer.
Some of the campsites are near NM highway 11. You can see the car going past site 5 in this photo. This highway leads to the border crossing into Mexico, and during the day it has a steady stream of cars and trucks. We did not notice any highway noise in our truck in site 12 when we went to sleep.
This walking trail leads up Cootes Hill. From the top, you can see the border crossing into Mexico.
The sign says, "Please do not handle plants". Given that most of the plants are cactus, I would think that fondling them would be a bad idea, whether or not it was allowed.
The flag is at half mast due to the death of ex-president Gerald Ford.
Plants we saw around the campground:
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