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Villanueva on the Pecos River
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Post office at Villanueva, New Mexico

Post office at Villanueva, New Mexico

Villa nueva is a Hispano town, populated by people of Spanish colonial descent known as nuevomexicanos. Note the "community well" drinking water source in the center of the village.

Villanueva, New Mexico

Date photographed: April 10, 2014
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Church in Villanueva

Church in Villanueva

Villanueva has a small Catholic church typical of towns in northern New Mexico. The grotto honors Our Lady of Guadalupe, who appeared miraculously near Mexico City in 1513.

Villanueva, New Mexico

Date photographed: April 10, 2014
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Village of Villanueva above the Pecos River

Village of Villanueva above the Pecos River

The town of Villanueva was originally named La Cuesta, from its position on a steep slope (cuesta) above the Pecos River.

Villanueva, New Mexico

Date photographed: April 10, 2014
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Pecos River at Villanueva State Park

Pecos River at Villanueva State Park

Though it is diverted for agricultural use by many small acequias along its course from the Sangre de Christo Range to the north, the Pecos at Villanueva flows fairly clear, and cold enough to support a population of trout.

Villanueva State Park, New Mexico

Date photographed: April 10, 2014
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Stone campsite shelter at Villaneuva State Park

Stone campsite shelter at Villaneuva State Park

Many of the campsites at Villanueva State Park have stone shelters such as this. The park is located in a red sandstone canyon of the Pecos River.

Villanueva State Park, New Mexico

Date photographed: April 10, 2014
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San Miguel del Vado church and adobes

San Miguel del Vado church and adobes

Founded in 1794, San Miguel del Vado became a stopping point on the Santa Fe Trail, which forded the Pecos River here. The church and the adobe ruins across the main road define the area of the original plaza.

San Miguel del Vado Historic District, New Mexico

Date photographed: April 10, 2014
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Pecos River in San Miguel

Pecos River in San Miguel

This was where the Santa Fe Trail forded the Pecos River. The trail was succeeded by the Santa Fe Railway, Route 66, and Interstate 25, all of which cross the Pecos at Ribera a few miles to the north.

San Miguel del Vado Historic District, New Mexico

Date photographed: April 10, 2014
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