Pecos Wilderness

Located in the Santa Fe and Carson National Forests in New Mexico.

The Pecos Wilderness, designated in 1933 and containing 223,333 acres lies at the southern end of the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains, at the headwaters of the Pecos River. From its origin, the Pecos flows 13.5 miles and is designated "wild" in the Wild and Scenic Rivers System. It includes some of the most beautiful and scenic country in New Mexico. Excellent fishing and hunting magnificent scenery, and quiet solitude attract many visitors. Truchas Peak, second highest in New Mexico, provides a challenge for mountain climbers and ecologists who may observe rare species of plants and animals. Many lakes, more than l50 miles of streams. a l00-foot waterfall, and innumerable springs are in the area.

An extensive trail system provides many opportunities for both day use and camping. Camping and other uses at some lakes and other areas are regulated to prevent damage to the fragile environment.

Administered jointly by the Santa Fe and Carson National Forests, the wilderness encompasses parts of the Pecos/Las Vegas, Espanola, and Penasco Ranger Districts.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 25 May 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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