|Museum at Poncho Villa State Park, New Mexico|
If you like the desert and not a lot of people then this is your campground. The rates vary from primitive ($4) to site with water ($10) to site with water and electric ($14) per night. It is adjacent to the very small town of Columbus, New Mexico and approximately 3 miles from the Mexican town of Puerto Palomas, Chihuahua which seems to be a safe afternoon adventure.There are two museums in town: 1. at the campground(pictured above) that centers around General Pershing's foray into Mexico and 2. a railroad and cowboy museum across the street(pictures below) from the campground. There are several nice restaurants in town but they are all closed by 6 p.m.
Small Inviting Campground
Part of the hillside has been incorporated into the Rock Hound State Park, and this makes an ideal overnight stop for cross-country travelers, even those not particularly interested in collecting rocks. The park has a particularly fine campground, with good facilities, spacious sites and commanding views over a large area of flat desert land to the west (E&W sites cost $14($4 with annual pass) in 2019). It is unusual in that visitors are encouraged to prospect and remove specimens, subject only to a 15 pound weight limit, unlike most national and state parks where removing natural objects is forbidden.
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