Northern Pecos Wilderness

Pecos Wildlife

Pecos Wilderness Bighorn Sheep

Quite a few locals hang out in these parts. Rocky Mountain Bighorn, elk, mule deer, and golden eagles all share the same home.

The Rocky mountain Bighorn found in the Pecos Wilderness can be quite tame. They will walk up to your camp and beg for food. The Bighorn's digestive system is very sensitive, please don't feed them people f

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Golden eagles can sometimes be seen circling the high country. They are ever so graceful to watch as they circle in search of their favorite prey. Eagles are sensitive to intruders in their environment. Many off-spring never hatch because curious visitors keep parents away from the nest site, preventing them from keeping the eggs warm. Please respect the Eagle be keeping away from their nests.

 

Many rocky mountain elk and mule deer also call Pecos Wilderness their summer home. The higher elevation is cooler and often lush with grass and new aspen growth, choice foods for elk and deer.

Pecos WildernessWhere's the Fish?

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish stocks Hidden Lakes, Trampas Lakes, No Fish Lake, & Serpent Lakes with native cutthroat fry, by helicopter, every few years. A license is required for fishing. If you would like more information, contact the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish in Raton at (575) 445-2311.

Typical Pecos Weather

The average annual precipitation is 34-40 inches, about half the total comes from summer rains and half from winter snows. Average annual temperatures range between 80 degrees in the summer to 20 degrees below zero in the winter.

Most people visit Pecos Wilderness between July 4 and Labor Day. In late June or early September the weather is usually crisp and clear and there are fewer people in the wilderness.

July and August are rainy months with almost daily afternoon showers. Be prepared. Visitors should carry rain gear and a tent if staying overnight. Daytime temperatures in the summer are often in the 60's but can drop dramatically when a storm moves in. Nights are cold, occasionally below freezing. Snowfall usually begins in early October. The wilderness is open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Beware, avalanche danger is significant.

Be Prepared!!

Pecos WildernessBeware of lightning on the ridges. Since you will probably be the highest point around, get off the ridge if thunderclouds are overhead. Leave early in the morning in order to avoid the early afternoon thunder shower.

Be sure to take proper clothing. Temperatures can drop suddenly. Wet clothing can chill the body quickly. Wool is best for heat even when wet; cotton next to the skin will keep the body damp and will actually wick heat away. Dress in layers which can be added or removed as temperature change.

Northern Pecos Wilderness Trails

East Fork Trail 26
Middle Fork Trail 24
San Leonardo Lakes Trail 30
Serpent Lake Trail 19
Trampas Lakes Trail 31
West Fork Trail 25

 

Santa Barbara View of Bear Mountain 
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