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Pecos River, New Mexico
Report by Marc W. McCord

Brantley Dam SP to Living Desert SP
~ miles

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General Description

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.


Distance from major cities

Santa Fe miles; Albuquerque miles; Phoenix miles; Durango miles; Denver miles; Salt Lake City miles; El Paso miles; Dallas miles; Austin miles; San Antonio miles; Houston miles; Oklahoma City miles; Little Rock miles; Kansas City Miles. (All distances are approximate, and depend upon starting point, destination point and route taken.)

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Best time to go

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River Access Points

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Reviewer's Comments

Technical Data
Class Rating
Length miles
Minimum Flow cfs
Optimum Flow cfs
Maximum Flow cfs
First Put-in Brantley Dam State Park
Lat. / Long.
Last Take-out Living Desert State Park
Lat. / Long.
Elevation msl
Gradient fpm
USGS Gauge Web: Brantley Dam
Boats Canoes, Kayaks

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

[ Pecos River Homepage ] [ 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 Bottomless Lakes SP ] [ Bottomless Lakes SP to Brantley Dam SP ]
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