Santa Fe National Forest & Pecos Wilderness Area

Nambe Lake cliche resizeThe Pecos Wilderness is a protected wilderness area within the Santa Fe National Forest and Carson National Forest. The Pecos Wilderness lies within the Camino Real Ranger District of the Carson National Forest, and the Pecos Ranger District and Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.

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The Santa Fe National Forest is a protected national forest in northern New Mexico in the Southwestern United States. It was established in 1915 and covers 1,558,452 acres (6,306.83 km2). Elevations range from 5,300 feet (1600 m) to 13,103 feet (4000 m) at the summit of Truchas Peak, located within the Pecos Wilderness. The Jemez, Coyote, and Cuba districts are located in the Jemez Mountains; the Pecos/Las Vegas district is located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains; and the EspaƱola district is located in both mountain ranges. In descending order of land area the forest lies in parts of Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Mora, and Los Alamos counties. Forest headquarters are located in the city of Santa Fe.

Santa Fe National Forest was established on July 1, 1915 by the U.S. Forest Service with the amalgamation of Jemez National Forest to the west of Santa Fe and Pecos National Forest to the east. The former division is remembered in the ranger districts, with the Jemez Ranger District to the west and the Pecos/Las Vegas district to the east. The western districts enclose the Valles Caldera National Preserve, which is administered by Santa Fe from the Jemez district office. Bandelier National Monument was created from a portion of Santa Fe in 1916.

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Santa Fe National Forest & Pecos Wilderness Area
PO Drawer 429
Pecos, NM 87552
Phone: 505-757-6121
Fishing, hunting, hiking and camping. Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District.


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We are going to Pecos the end of September for an 50th wedding anniversay of our aunt and uncle. My parents were born and raised in the area, my mom in Rowe and my dad in San Juan. My great grantmother and grandfather homesteaded on the Rowe mesa and raised all their family there. I have many relatives in the area, though many have passed away. I have very precious memories of our trips to the area as a child. We all loved to go and see our families. This anniversary will be a very special time for all of us, as we have not been back there together in a very long time. We can hardly wait!!! F.A.

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