Wildlife prospers in wilderness because it safeguards America’s cleanest water and wildest lands. In the Pecos, wilderness helps protect prime habitat for fish and wildlife, safeguarding cold-water fisheries and a fragile high-alpine ecosystem. Game populations generally prosper and wildlife habitat is maintained naturally.
The Pecos Wilderness and surrounding lands straddle the Sangre de Cristo mountain range and are critical habitat for elk, deer, bear, turkey, and one of America’s most robust herds of Rocky Mountain Big Horn sheep. Its waters are home to the rainbow and brown trout, as well as New Mexico’s state fish – the Rio Grande cutthroat trout.
Diverse Plants and Wildlife Include: Coniferous forests, aspen glades, ponderosa pine; trout, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, black bear, pika, spotted owl and rich bird populations.