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Pancho Villa State Park is a historic landmark near Deming that was established in 1975 to remember the 1916 raid on the city of Columbus by a Mexican general, Francisco “Pancho” Villa. The city was home to Camp Furlong, which became important overnight (following the raid) as a center for guarding against further attacks and mounting a counterstrike across the border in Mexican territory. The strike occurred at the same time as the Mexican Revolution, and Camp Furlong continued to be an important installation, helping to drive Pancho Villa's troops out of Ciudad Juarez in the summer of 1919.

Today the park consists of the remaining buildings that weren't destroyed by Pancho Villa and the counter strike facilities used by American forces. A U.S. Customs house built in 1902 is the site of the park's visitors center and where you'll find exhibits demonstrating the invasion and retaliation. Columbus' historic district includes Pancho Villa State Park and an airfield to the east of the park, a railway station now used to maintain a historical society museum, and the former Hoover Hotel. Camping near Pancho Villa State Park is your invitation to experience this magnificent site.

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Florida Mountains Wilderness Study Area is a rocky mountain range that runs from north to south and has vertical cliffs and steep canyons. The valley floors surrounding the mountain range have a variety of plant life, including juniper trees, grasses, and a mixture of desert shrubs. The area has less than half a dozen trails for you to explore, all of which are less than a mile in length, but still long and numerous enough to capture your attention. The most popular of these is Lovers Leap Canyon Trail. When you've had your workout for the day, you can return to your Deming camper rental to relax and enjoy the best of both worlds.

Gila National Forest is a forest preserve near the New Mexico – Arizona state border. Plan on a multi-day trip with the rental motorhome to get the most benefit out of your visit. This is an ideal spot for hiking and outdoor photography due to its landscape, which ranges from tall, steep mountains and deep canyons to flat semi-desert terrain and mesas. The forest is home to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and several hot springs, as well as a diverse collection of wildlife such as cougars and bobcats, black bears, bighorn sheep, and bird species such as peregrine falcons and bald eagles.

Whitmire Canyon Wilderness Study Area is an outdoor recreation area that straddles the Arizona – New Mexico state border. It provides opportunities for hiking and other activities. It has more than a dozen trails that vary in length from less than a mile to more than ten miles. The terrain ranges from desert plains and valleys to mountain peaks and has several water bodies such as Big Lake.

Camping at Pancho Villa State Park

Pancho Villa State Park camping makes it easy for you to explore the park. The campground has restrooms with showers, a gift shop, a playground, and picnic shelters providing shade on hot days. It has a visitor center with a museum and exhibits explaining what you will see in the park; if you'd like to learn more, there are interpretive trails you can hike. You're likely to see a wide variety of bird species as you journey through the park. Individual campsites have 30 amp electricity, and there are a dump station and central water source on-site.

Desert Vista RV Village is in Deming. The RV park has a swimming pool for hot afternoons and several clubhouse rooms where you can play pool, watch TV or movies, read a book, and more. There is also a cafe, several restrooms with showers, a laundry room, and patio areas with both shade and unobstructed views of the sky.

Exploring the Area

When you're ready to venture out for some city sights, head for El Paso across the state border in Texas. El Paso is one of the largest cities in the country and a good destination for taking in urban creature comforts. The city has some incredible parks and natural landscapes for you to enjoy and in-town landmarks like St. Patrick Cathedral and an outdoor art gallery and sculpture garden. There are farmers' markets and shopping venues, theaters, and more. If you're getting hungry, there is a long list of eateries to choose from, everything from inexpensive cafes to fine dining and any cuisine you want.

Las Cruces is one of the largest cities in New Mexico and has some distinct landmarks, such as a roadrunner sculpture and the Lake Valley Historic Townsite. There are parks and churches, museums, wineries, and farmers' markets. Las Cruces also has a renowned restaurant industry, with steakhouses, pizzerias, and venues serving Mexican food, Italian, Belgian, Chinese, and much more.

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