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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: 10 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

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Gila National Forest Releases New Draft Plan, First in 34 Years (NM)

Kestrel Kunz

For the first time in 34 years, the Gila National Forest is revising their forest-wide Management Plan. On Friday, January 17 they officially released the Draft Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIS) for a 90-day comment period ending on April 16. Forest Plans are vitally important as they are the blueprint for resource management and they provide an opportunity to secure better protections for rivers and their surrounding landscapes. As part of the plan revision process, the Forest Service is required to rely heavily on public input to inform management direction, plan components, and new designated areas. Read more for a complete schedule of Public Meetings that are happening this week! 


Matt Muir


Kestrel Kunz


Tim Scofield


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