New Mexico’s Nature Reserves – The Pecos Wilderness

The Pecos Wilderness
Image: pecosnewmexico.com

Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil, an attorney practicing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, enjoys experiencing his state’s rich natural heritage. Geoffrey Scovil especially enjoys hiking in the Pecos Wilderness, a federally protected area.

The Pecos Wilderness is part of the Santa Fe National Forest, and crosses in the north into the Carson National Forest. The region is divided almost in half by the Pecos River, which is a popular fishing destination during the summer.

It also offers hikers an extensive trail system for short excursions and longer-term backpacking expeditions. During these trips, visitors can take in Pecos’ stunning mountain vistas and observe its wildlife, including deer and big-horn sheep.

Visitors can access the Pecos Wilderness via several campgrounds, such as Jack’s Creek, Iron Gate, and Panchuela. Many of the campgrounds are located close to the Pecos River.

The Pecos Wilderness’ history as a protected area began in the early 1890s, when it was established as the Pecos River Forest Reserve. In the early 20th century, the reserve was organized together with a neighboring protected area to become the Santa Fe National Forest

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