pancho villa state park

Pancho Villa State Park is right on the border of New Mexico and Mexico.  It is only 3 miles from Las Palomas, Mexico and within the town of Columbus, NM.  Columbus is a very small town population 1,812.  Not too much going on there.

This is my camp site.  It was not too close to the highway so I didn’t hear any traffic to speak of.  The Border Patrol would come by about once per day and sometimes I would see their helicopter fly over.

The area is full of many different types of cactus and small trees.  They only get 9.4 inches of rain annually so it is a wonder that you can even see flowers sprouting up everywhere.

This is a grease rack used by General Pershing to service his cars in 1916-1918 in his attempt to apprehend Pancho Villa.  Very primitive but it worked.

Next we have the old Customs House.  It is still in very good shape.

While I was checking out the Customs House I happened to run into a road runner.  What a trip!  It wasn’t afraid of me and didn’t run away.  I followed it taking pics as I went and he went up the ramp of the Customs House.  Maybe he was used to going through customs in his travels to and from Mexico.

I finally made a short video of his travels.  The clicking noise is not me or the road runner but is created by my camera.  It only happens now and then so don’t know what is wrong.  It was fun to follow this critter.

This is a very pleasant park and one I would highly recommend. You have to walk about 1/2 mile to the nearest grocery store which has limited supply and the restaurants are even further, but all in all it was very nice.  It can get hot during the day but there was always a pleasant breeze.

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2 thoughts on “pancho villa state park

  1. Jimbo:
    You are really great with all these photos, writeups and videos. I might have to start calling you “The Gadget Genius!”

  2. Pancho Villa State Park is right on the border of New Mexico and Mexico. It is only 3 miles from Las Palomas, Mexico and within the town of Columbus, NM.

    “Right on the border” is a bit misleading. The border is at Puerto Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico or what you have called Las Palomas which is 3-4 miles from Pancho Villa State Park. However, if your looking for a good hike you could walk there and back.

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