Description - This park commemorates the attack of "Pancho" Villa's group of revolutionary bandits from Mexico on the U.S. border town of Columbus, NM. Presentations and talks are given, on a regular schedule, about the area's historical significance.
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Pancho Villa State Park
More than 30 different cacti are found at Pancho Villa State Park. Interpretive walking trails wind through extensive botanical gardens, which come alive in spring with vibrant cactus blooms.
The park covers 60 acres and sits at an elevation of 4,000 feet. Park amenities include a visitor center, group shelter, restrooms, showers, and a playground. Camping facilities include 61 developed sites, some with electric hookup, and an RV dump station.
- From Camp Furlong, General "Black Jack" Pershing, who would later command the Allied forces of World War I, pursued Pancho Villa into Mexico. This 11 month pursuit led 10,000 American soldiers 400 miles into Mexico, but ended without the capture of Pancho Villa. Several buildings dating from the time of Villa's raid still stand in Columbus, and the U.S. Customs House, built in 1902, serves as the visitor center.
Succulents of the Southwest More than 30 different cacti are found at Pancho Villa State Park. Interpretive walking trails wind through extensive botanical gardens, which come alive in spring with vibrant cactus blooms.
Recreation - Recreation opportunities at this park include camping, picnicking, and hiking on trails.
Climate - Annual precipitation is 9.47 inches. Summer temperatures range from lows around 62 to highs around 94. Winter temps range from lows of 28 degrees to highs around 59.
Pancho Villa State Park is located on the Mexico border, near the town of Columbus, off of State Highway 11.