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Pancho Villa State Park
Pancho Villa State Park
PANCHO VILLA STATE PARK
PANCHO VILLA STATE PARK
P.O. Box 450
Columbus, New Mexico   88029

Phone: 575-531-2711
Reservations: 877-664-7787
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On March 9, 1916, the soldiers of General Francisco "Pancho" Villa attacked the small border town and military camp at Columbus, New Mexico. Pancho Villa State Park contains extensive historical exhibits which depict this raid, the first armed invasion of the continental United States since the War of 1812, and also the last one.
History of the Area
From Camp Furlong, General "Black Jack" Pershing, who would later command the Allied forces of World War I, pursued Pancho Villa into Mexico. This 11 month pursuit led 10,000 American soldiers 400 miles into Mexico, but ended without the capture of Pancho Villa. Several buildings dating from the time of Villa's raid still stand in Columbus, and the U.S. Customs House, built in 1902, serves as the visitor center.
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Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 25 Huh? by Kathryn Moser
This is like New York City having an Osama bin Laden state park.
April 24 Change Name of Park
You should consider changing the name of the park to General John Pershing Park in honor of the great American that pursued Pancho Villa.
April 22 Outstanding bio and historical park by Rob Dolce
This state park has a wonderful mix of history from the Columbus Raid and biological examples in their fantastic desert fauna gardens. Having the name Panco Villa is no more offensive than having a park that is named for Billy the Kid or any character of questionable character. The fact is, we have towns and parks named for individuals that some might find offensive. Native Americans might not like Carson National Forest because of the Long Walk. Mexicans had their land taken by Americans in the Mexican-American war, a war in which we were the aggressor. History is repleat with miss-deeds and much of the determination as to what is wrong and right depends on your prospective. In Mexico they call the Mexican-American War the American War of Aggression.


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Directions
Pancho Villa State Park is located in the village of Columbus, 35 miles south of Deming via NM 11.

USA Parks
USA Parks
New Mexico
New Mexico
Southwest Region
Southwest Region
Pancho Villa State Park
Pancho Villa State Park