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Pecos River, New Mexico

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SOAR Inflatable Canoes - Somewhere On A River

The Pecos River forms near Santa Fe in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Santa Fe National Forest, then flows southeast to Fort Sumner, where it turns south and flows through Carlsbad into Texas to its confluence with the Rio Grande at International Amistad Reservoir between Langtry and Comstock. Of all New Mexico rivers, it is second only to the Rio Grande in distance travelled through the state, and provides a significant water source for most of eastcentral and southeastern New Mexico. At least 7 state parks are located along its banks between the headwaters and Carlsbad, near the Texas border. Though a number of rivers, creeks, washes, arroyos and gullies feed the river, most are dry most of the time, and only the Gallinas River tributary provides significant additional flow with boatable levels other than during flash floods. The links below provide information regarding reaches of the Pecos River where boaters can enjoy the spectacular scenery of the state, from the forested headwaters to the desert areas below Santa Rosa.

Click the links below for information regarding the section of the Pecos River and its tributaries where you want to paddle.

[ Cowles to Pecos ] [ Pecos to Villanueva SP ] [ Villanueva SP to Santa Rosa Lake SP ] [ Santa Rosa Lake SP to Sumner Lake SP ]
[ Sumner Lake SP to Bottonless Lakes SP ] [ Bottomless Lakes SP to Brantley Dam SP ] [ Brantley Dam SP to Living Desert SP ]
[ Gallinas River ]

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