Black River Finish to Start

A Long Story of a Short River:

The Black River of Southeastern

New Mexico

1.    The End

If you did the Pecos River pages already, you have seen the end of the Black River where it meets and becomes part of the Pecos River, right here:

There is a road across the Black River about a mile east of here where we can see this river again.  At this crossing, we first look east toward the junction with the Pecos:

This crossing is not a real bridge, just pavement over a culvert with a sign "Watch for Water" because it is obvious the culvert will not transmit the river at any sort of flood stage.  

Looking west we see that we are standing at the bottom of a railroad bridge, with a traffic bridge in the distance:

With a sunset at hand, we just have to catch a few of these last rays of the day:

It was quite obviously another day when these photos were taken from that traffic bridge, US Highway 285 to Pecos, Texas, now looking east to the rail bridge we have just stood beside:

Next we look west, upstream, from that same US highway 285 bridge:

We don't gawk here too long but now drive west on the road that connects US Highways 285 and 62/180 and takes us once more across the Black River, this time near the Black River Village, which has a nice-looking resort, retreat facility (not pictured here).

So this is a look at the river nor far from (east of) Black River Village, first looking downstream:

Then looking upstream, which looked more inviting so we take a very short walk:

We actually walked further, and enjoyed the river views, but we need to keep moving west, so now we have come to where US Highway 60/183 crosses the Black River, and we have a surprise on our hands: no (surface) water in the upstream direction:

No surface water in the middle of the bridge:

No surface water in the downstream direction!

A description of this river at our next stop says it 'appears and disappears' with its flows sometimes on the surface, sometimes underground.  We think we have seen that for ourselves now.  Note the line of trees in the above photo, you can bet their roots know exactly where the water is right now.  And look at the flow-evidence in the tall grass: when it rains hard, it flows hard!  (I feel a challenge coming on: be right here during or just after a big storm!  I'll work on it).

Time to go further east, then south.

   2.    A tributary spring

   3.    West of the Middle

   4.    A Short, Long Walk to the Start A

   5.     A Short, Long Walk to the Start B

   6.    Ending at the Start

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