Pecos Wilderness Area Trails

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The Pecos is the quintessential New Mexico mountain wilderness— high, wide, and beautiful, a wonderland of wildflower-filled meadows, alpine lakes, dark conifer forests, shimmering aspen groves, many of the state’s highest mountains, and abundant wildlife. Yet this seemingly pristine wilderness has suffered a sobering number of changes and environmental indignities. As the New Mexico outdoor writer Kay Matthews put it, “Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the Pecos is the fact that there is a Pecos Wilderness at all.” The Pecos Wilderness has an extensive system of well-marked, well-maintained trails, allowing for hikes ranging from short excursions to extended backpack trips. New Mexico’s longest trail, the 50-mile Skyline Trail, is here.
New Mexico's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

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New Mexico's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

by Bob Julyan & Tom Till (Westcliffe Publishers)

The Pecos is the quintessential New Mexico mountain wilderness— high, wide, and beautiful, a wonderland of wildflower-filled meadows, alpine lakes, dark conifer forests, shimmering aspen groves, many of the state’s highest mountains, and abundant wildlife. Yet this seemingly pristine wilderness has suffered a sobering number of changes and environmental indignities. As the New Mexico outdoor writer Kay Matthews put it, “Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the Pecos is the fact that there is a Pecos Wilderness at all.” The Pecos Wilderness has an extensive system of well-marked, well-maintained trails, allowing for hikes ranging from short excursions to extended backpack trips. New Mexico’s longest trail, the 50-mile Skyline Trail, is here.

©   Bob Julyan & Tom Till/Westcliffe Publishers. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Santa Fe
Length: 445
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to strenuous
Season: Summer, early fall
Trailhead Elevation: 8,400 feet
Top Elevation: 13,102 feet
Other Uses: Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Local Contacts: Carson National Forest, Santa Fe National Forest
Local Maps: Santa Fe National Forest—Pecos Wilderness Map;
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