Pecos River Trail

(Villanueva NM)
My campsite was right next to the Pecos River while at Villanueva State Park. I really like that park, as it has always been quiet. The one drawback was no internet signal because of the canyon walls on both sides.

Villanueva State Park

Pecos River Trail Camp

I walked around taking photos and feeling the urge to hike. However, I didn’t want to go hiking to the top of the mesa this time. Instead, nearby my site was the River Trail, which was just a 1/2 mile round trip. I had forgotten how pretty the scenery was along that easy path.

Villanueva State Park

Rock Ledge by River

Villanueva State Park

Cactus by the Trail

Villanueva State Park

Looking back at the Ledge

A rock ledge needed to be traversed first, and then there was lots of vegetation along the river’s edge. The trail went to right against the river bank, and the flow was pretty high and swift; so, I needed to be careful and watch my step.

Villanueva State Park

Trail by edge of the River

Villanueva State Park

Pecos River and Trail

Villanueva State Park

Dam on the Pecos River

The road into the park crossed the river a couple of times. There were some nice spots for photos, but few pullouts. I did get a shot of the water coming over a small dam, though. It was another very pleasant stay at Villanueva State Park.

Camp: Villanueva SP drycamp
Scene: River, rocks, cactus

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2 Responses to Pecos River Trail

  1. OFM May 30, 2017 at 3:33 pm #

    I found it to be a pleasant place also. My stay was on the upper campground. There is a relatively short nice trail up there also. Thanks for the report.

    • Pleinguy May 30, 2017 at 4:52 pm #

      One of these days I’ll try camping on the hill. I’ve hiked that trail that goes to the overlook; believe it’s called El Cerro.

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