February 16, 2020 - reviewed by Ksdwell
We drove south from Colorado looking for a quiet place close to nature park in our Class C RV. Got there around 4:00 pm, found an electric site, paid through envelope drop. Had two wonderful days there. Super helpful ranger, friendly campers, beautiful scenery. Hike up the ridge was a little challenging, due to some snow, but otherwise an outstanding visit! We will be back!
October 4, 2018 - reviewed by Gale
Hard to get there
Nice park but make sure you have a reservation to camp. We drove hwy 3 from 40 and it seemed like it took forever to get there only to find it full. And even though the speed limit said 55 the road was kinda rough, bumpy and windy. It was also kinda scary in some places especially when pulling a 35" 5th wheel. Doubt I come back.
May 15, 2018 - reviewed by 2oldies
Nice hiking paths. Scenic. Spots next to Creek. Clean
April 16, 2018 - reviewed by Lookout
Surrounded By Nature
If you want a quiet place surrounded by nature, this is it. Yes, it is on a slow windy road a long ways from anything, but that’s the point for visiting Villanueva. If you have a big rig and want all the amenities, this park is not for you. There are electrical hookups near the river. The upper level sites are either dry or have water nearby. Some sites have adobe or rock picnic shelters. We had 29C which was a pull through on the upper level and totally manageable with our 18’ fold down trailer. The upper circle is too tight for long trailers. We enjoyed the trails and birdwatching. There is a playground in the day area and people fishing in the river. Quiet and dark at night. Awesome.
April 1, 2018 - reviewed by Freddie
Nice little campground along the Pecos River. Level site and only $14 with electric hook up. Took a nice little 2 mile hike to the top of the Mesa overlooking the river valley. Beautiful view. Bathroom need a little updating but met our needs.
March 21, 2018 - reviewed by Holly
No Room At The Inn
I called ahead because reservations were full but the office said they had some electrical sites. We got there early. The ranger told us to park in a specific site. We went to get our rig and the ranger met us to tell us someone slid right in that site. Wow. Ok. We got put where they were told to park. I told the ranger— usually a cone is put down to keep people from doing that. Pitiful. We ended up using a group site which was ok-water/electric. Bathrooms are ok. No AT&T service unless you climb a hill. No antenna TV. The trails are challenging but we enjoyed the long hikes up the canyon. We went into Villanueva to eat lunch at the grocery store and it was good.
October 22, 2017 - reviewed by R. Taylor
Don't Bother Unless You Have A Reservati
15 miles doesn't seem far but this is a slow windy road. Discovered half the campground was closed once I got there and the signs were confusing. The first sign ( after driving all the way there ) said the campground was full - the second sign said some sites were available. The campground host ignored me when I knocked on their RV. There aren't any other campgrounds around there ( that I know of) so had to drive all the way back. The camped looked nice but don't waste your time without a reservation.
October 22, 2017 - reviewed by Nate
Very clean, nice camp host, beautiful area. Camped by the water with trailer camper. If you want to get an electric site you will need to reserve ahead of time. We boondocked and it was perfect. Can see so many stars, hear the river and hike great trails. We will definitely be going back. If you are coming up 3 from I40 there is a huge grade down. Be ready to down shift. Coming down from I25 it is much better but windy roads. Just a heads up.
October 19, 2017 - reviewed by 4D Flatlander
Worth The Trip!
Either way you come to get into the park on road 3 it is slow going and tight in many spots but it's worth the trip. There is little light pollution here, with a booster in site 27-C I was able to get 4 bars of TMobile LTE signal. There are many trails along the canyon and river. All electric sites are on the lower level. Vault and flush restrooms in the park. The staff and guests were friendly. Park is extremely quiet at night. Upper sites have the best solar potential but in the summer I'll bet they are hot until the sun goes down. Highly recommend for those willing to make the trip!
July 11, 2017 - reviewed by Big Al
Park was nice and quiet, however it gets really hot during the summer time. good play area, knowledgeable staff and beautiful scenery and river. thank you. $14 water and electronic per night.