Villanueva, New Mexico

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Villanueva, New Mexico
Unincorporated community
Church at Villanueva, around 1915
Church at Villanueva, around 1915
Villanueva is located in New Mexico
Location within the state of New Mexico
Coordinates: 35°16′0″N 105°21′39″W / 35.26667°N 105.36083°W / 35.26667; -105.36083Coordinates: 35°16′0″N 105°21′39″W / 35.26667°N 105.36083°W / 35.26667; -105.36083[1]
Country United States
State New Mexico
County San Miguel
Elevation[1] 5,869 ft (1,789 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 267
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code 87583
Area code 505
FIPS code 35-83130 [1]
GNIS ID 915912 [1]

Villanueva is an Unincorporated community and census-designated place in San Miguel County, New Mexico, United States.[1] It is located along the Pecos River and New Mexico State Highway 3. Villanueva has the ZIP code 87583. The 87583 ZIP Code Tabulation Area had a population of 267 at the 2000 census.[2]


Villanueva, an old Spanish colonial village, was originally called La Cuesta[1] (Spanish, hill or slope) because the village sits on top of a steeply sloping hill or cuesta in the Pecos Valley.[3] Soon after the Spanish Government approved the San Miguel del Vado Land Grant in 1794, settlements were established along the banks of the Pecos River, such as Bernal, El Pueblo, Entrnosa, Guzano, La Cuesta, Las Mulas, Puertecito, San Jose, San Miguel.[4]

Some Cibolero buffalo hunters of the 19th century originated from La Cuesta and other Hispano communities along the Pecos River.[5]

In 1890, the community was renamed to Villanueva, for a prominent local family.[3]

Area attractions[edit]

East of Villanueva is Villanueva State Park, a colorful canyon cut by the Pecos River.


Further reading[edit]

  • The Villanueva, New Mexico story; F. Stanley; 24 pages; 1970.

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