About the Pecos

Summit of Santa Fe Baldy

Iconic Lands with Deep Roots

The Pecos Wilderness is 223,637 acres that span both the Carson and Santa Fe National Forests in northeastern New Mexico.  From a Native American word meaning “place where there is water,” the Pecos Wilderness is the source of the headwaters for the Pecos, Gallinas, and Mora Rivers, as well as dozens of tributaries.  Its prime watersheds are a key source for farmers and the cities of Santa Fe and Las Vegas.

A landmark of New Mexico culture and tradition, the Pecos is of tremendous value to surrounding towns, neighboring tribal groups, acequia organizations, land grant communities, sportsmen, ranchers, and outdoor enthusiasts.

A diverse local coalition – including sportsmen, elected officials, Pueblo leaders, business owners, hikers, and conservationists – has come together to protect the wild lands that surround the existing Wilderness.