Villanueva State Park

Villanueva State Park

Things to Do

Canoeing and Rafting

The river is open to canoeing whenever the water level is high enough.


Fishing in the Pecos River is best from fall through spring, when the river is stocked with rainbow trout, and German brown trout.


The park has two maintained hiking trails. The Canyon Trail is a 2.5-mile loop from the river to the top of the canyon and back to the river. Hikers cross a bridge over the Pecos River and turn (south), heading gradually up the canyon wall. The trail gives good views down to the river, and also has two interpretive signs part way up the side of the canyon. One discusses ruins of a nineteenth-century Spanish colonial threshing floor, used in processing grain. The other describes the Texas/Santa Fe expedition of 1841, which passed through the area.


The park’s adobe-style picnic shelters were designed and grouped to resemble a Spanish hamlet, similar to those that existed in the area in earlier times. A nearby footbridge leads across the river to hiking trails, scenic overlooks and historic sites.


Wildlife Watching