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Difficulty I-II at this flow (I-II normally)
Length 35 Miles
Flow Range 200 - 1000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 11 years ago 379 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 07/15/2017 3:55 am

River Description

The average gradient between Pecos and Villanueva is about 18 fpm.

The scenery of this reach is much different than that of the Pecos above Pecos, NM, and the stretch from Vilanueva down to Tecolotito.

A brief description of this reach and other NM streams can be accessed at

The NM State Parks guidebook states the dam below Pueblo bridge is a class IV run at high water

Be on the alert for low private bridges. Fences are very frequent and dangerous. Several diversion dams - all should be portaged.

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

Data relating gage flow measurements and floating conditions do not exist at this time. The NM State Parks guidebook to NM Whitewater says runnable above 200

USGS also operates a gage on the Pecos River near Anton Chico (#08379500). This gage may provide better estiamtes of flows for boating on the lower Pecos, especially after summer rains.

See comments under reach AW 1215 (upper Pecos River) regarding the use of snow fall amounts in spring at Wesner Springs, NM, as a planning tool for trips on the Pecos during the snow melt runoff.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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We Need your Help to Protect Paddlers’ Access to New Mexico Rivers and Streams

Kestrel Kunz

Rivers once promoted by the New Mexico State Parks Division in their publication “New Mexico Whitewater - A Guide to River Trips” are now being blocked by private landowners with barricades, cables and No Trespassing signs. This includes upper Chama and Pecos river segments. Privatizers have filed additional applications that would close several other river segments in New Mexico, and their lawyers are threatening an “immense wave” of constitutional “litigation” in the event that “any action by the Court, the Legislature, the Department, or the Commission… restrict[s] landowners’ rights to prevent the public from using their streambeds underlying public waters.” American Whitewater has been working with our local partners in New Mexico to ensure that this new Rule is rescinded. We need your support to win this battle. If you’re in a position to contribute, doing so will help us with legal expenses for our partners and outreach.

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NM Senators Introduce Wild and Scenic River Legislation - Help us thank them!

Kestrel Kunz

We are celebrating a great win today after New Mexico Senators Udall and Heinrich announced the introduction of the M.H. Dutch Salmon Greater Gila Wild and Scenic River Act. The Act, officially introduced on May 8, would protect over 440 miles of free-flowing rivers and streams in the Gila and San Francisco watersheds. If passed, the Gila and San Francisco Rivers and their tributaries would receive permanent protection under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act - the strongest protection a river can receive. While the Gila legislation gives flexibility to existing uses and landowners, the free-flowing nature and outstanding values of these rivers and streams would be protected now and for future generations to enjoy. The main stem Gila and San Francisco Rivers offer some of the most remote and wild paddling opportunities in New Mexico and have been explored and loved by paddlers for decades. Please help us thank the Senators for their commitment to protect these rivers by filling out this super easy form! 


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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1191010 01/13/09 n/a n/a
1208088 07/15/17 Kestrel Kunz
1202747 09/20/13 Tim Scofield Split into two stretches