Columbus, New Mexico sits right on the border to Mexico, and was made famous by the raid of Pancho Villa. During his last incursion into the U.S., Villa and his Villistas were chased back across the border into Mexico by General Pershing and George Patton on March 9th, 1916. The Pancho Villa State Park commemorates this event by housing a few of the original buildings of Camp Furlong, and a museum on site. While history buffs will surely find excitement here, the park also features stunning landscapes to explore for pups and their owners.
This desert park offers spectacular views, as well as various desert plants, such as prickly pear, yucca, and juniper, and wildlife. The land meanders over terrain which rises to 4,073 feet in elevation at its highest point, ensuring a good workout for hiking aficionados to enjoy along the trails. Dogs may join their families on the premises, but as is the case with most state parks, they must remain on a lead at all times.
Among the attractions at Pancho Villa State Park are a playground, a cactus garden, and the museum commemorating the battle fought on the premises in 1916. The area is also home to a stunning display of seasonal wildflower growth. Picnic areas are scattered throughout the property, many of which have barbecues where families can cook up a feast to enjoy. Bird watching is also a popular activity at this beloved state park.
The area is also home to a large campground which offers modern and primitive campsites available for rent by reservation and for a corresponding fee. RV hook-ups are available, as are bathrooms and showers with hot water. Owners may obtain drinking water here to help keep Fido's thirst at bay.
There is a $5 entrance fee per vehicle for the Pancho Villa State Park, though bikes and walk-ins are free. A New Mexico State Parks Pass is also available for $40 which permits entrance to any New Mexico State Park for a year. Additional fees apply for campsites.
Be sure to have all the essentials for a safe and wooftacular day out with your pup. Always have water on hand, as it can get hot in the New Mexico sun. Clean-up bags are a must, and stoop and scoop anywhere you go in the park.
If you're looking to spend an afternoon learning more about American history in a tranquil desert setting, consider a trip to Pancho Villa State Park today!