Protecting the Pecos
While part of the Pecos is protected, there are surrounding forest lands without roads (known as Roadless Areas) that are threatened by unchecked development. Incorporating these Roadless Areas into the Pecos Wilderness and designating some areas as Special Management Areas will protect 120,000 acres of lands and waters that five counties (Santa Fe, San Miguel, Taos, Mora and Rio Arriba) depend upon for clean air, fresh water, and a way to experience the great outdoors.
The proposal also enhances outdoor recreation opportunities and traditional uses such as hunting and fishing, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and camping. It would create three Special Management Areas to protect current uses, including motorized trail access, world class mountain biking, hiking, and wildlife watching.