Pecos Wilderness Area


With the Sangre de Cristo Mountains situated within its 223,000 acres, the Pecos Wilderness Area (‘the Pecos’) is unlike anywhere else in New Mexico and is home to tons of large game other than beautiful trout. A short drive from the popular tourist areas of New Mexico, the Pecos and its tributaries contain a healthy assortment of browns and rainbows, and if you’re lucky, a few Rio Grande Cutthroat.

The Pecos Wilderness has a few popular fishing locations. Smaller streams north of Cowles, like Horsethief, Panchuela, and Jack’s Creek are the headwaters of the Rio Pecos, while other tributaries such as the Rio Mora and Windsor Creek pour into the mainstream of the Pecos River, south of Cowles.

There’s Alpine lake fishing within the Pecos Wilderness Area, including Baldy Lake, Katherine Lake, Stewart Lake, all of which require a good few miles of hiking from the various campgrounds of the Pecos Valley.