Northern New Mexico Visit

THREE DESTINATIONS:

3.    Upper Pecos River (Part 1 of 2)

On this website we have spent some pages looking at the lower Pecos River, in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and southward.

Typically there is no surface flow into the river, except during floods, or when reservoirs are being lowered in anticipation of seasonal (September usually) heavy rains.  It is late September and in Carlsbad, the river is flowing because several upstream dams have been opened to lower reservoirs in anticipation of September rains (it is our rainiest month in this part of the Chihuahuan Desert).  This is what it looked like just after sunrise in the upstream direction:

 

And just after sunrise in the downstream direction:

But I came back just before sunset to look at the downstream direction again (that is a 100 year old massive concrete flume carrying river water through a canal to irrigate farms southeast of town):

 

It is always fun seeing water going wild:

 

But where does the Pecos River come from?  Many hundreds of river miles to the north in the tops of the Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) Mountains of Northern New Mexico!

To just catch a glimpse of its origin terrain we start at the town of Pecos and drive northward until we see our first chance to get off the road and see the Pecos River merrily running out of its mountain home:

  

A few miles later this nice pine-tree in a rock marked a picnic area at a scenic bend in the river:

 

Another few minutes travel further north brought us to this nice little old bridge that afforded good views:

 

The vegetation becomes more generous as we travel up and north and attempt to look down onto the river from a hilltop traversed by the road:

 

The river is visible just "above" the bright green bush in the above left photo.  Can't see the river in the above right photo.  After this the road dips back down to river level and then rises dramatically.  On the next page.

3.  GO TO UPPER PECOS RIVER (PART 2 OF 2)

 1.  RETURN TO TAOS PUEBLO

2.   RETURN TO RIO GRANDE GORGE

RETURN TO NEW MEXICO HOME PAGE

RETURN TO 2015 YEARBOOK PAGE

RETURN TO THOUGHTSANDPLACES.ORG HOME PAGE