Bureau of Land Management National Park Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Forest Service

Pecos River, New Mexico

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Managing Agency:

U.S. Forest Service, Santa Fe National Forest

Designated Reach:

June 6, 1990. From its headwaters to the townsite of Terrerro.


Wild — 13.5 miles; Recreational — 7.0 miles; Total — 20.5 miles.

Pecos River


Pecos River Management Plan (906 KB PDF)

Photo Credit: Tim Palmer

Pecos River

The Pecos River, famous in the folklore of the frontier, flows out of the Pecos Wilderness, through rugged granite canyons and waterfalls, and passes small, high-mountain meadows. The wild and scenic river corridor has been a popular recreation setting for many decades. Its popularity continues to increase because it provides a cool, forested environment and waterway within the arid southwest; it also offers beautiful scenery and high-quality fishing. Some of the most popular recreation activities are hiking, camping, backpacking, hunting and fishing. The wild segment is entirely in the Pecos Wilderness and provides opportunities for remote, primitive activities. The recreational segment is located along State Highway 63 and offers a range of day and overnight activities from Terrero to Cowles.