Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District
The Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District was known as the Pecos River Forest Reserve when it was founded in 1892. It was combined with the Jemez Forest Reserve to form the Santa Fe National Forest in 1915. The Pecos became a district designated as east of the Rio Grande, southern Rio Grande area. The Las Vegas District was a separte district until the late 1980's when it combined administratively with the Pecos Ranger District. They still maintain two ranger stations, but now with one district ranger to oversee both.
Though much has changed, the beauty of the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District remains the same. With scenic vistas and endless mountains, the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District offers many outdoor opportunities for locals and tourists alike.
During the summer month fishing along the Pecos River and camping is a popular diversion. The Pecos Wilderness is a popular spot for hiking and horseback riding. The vast trail system in the wilderness is designed for day trips and extended backpacking opportunities for all levels of hikers. In the fall deer, elk, and big horn sheep hunters hike or ride into the higher elevations in search of game. The winter months are a great time to downhill or cross-country ski.
The village of Pecos and the historic city of Las Vegas are nearby full-service communities. Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico, is also a short distance away. The Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District is a great location full of great adventures, beautiful landscapes, and rich history.
Welcome, and enjoy your visit!
Directions to Pecos Ranger Station
If you are coming from Santa Fe travel on I-25 north until you reach the exit for Pecos/Glorieta (Exit 299). Take this exit and turn left onto State Road 50 (less than a quarter mile). Take a right at State Road 50 (where the road splits) and travel for about seven miles. At the junction of State Road 50 and State Road 63, take a right on 63. The Pecos Ranger Station is located an-eighth mile on the right. This Google map details exactly where the Pecos Ranger Station is located.
Directions to Las Vegas Ranger Station
Coming in on I-25 North, take the second exit into Las Vegas. Take University Avenue to 7th Street. Travel north about one mile and the office is located on the right. This Google map details exactly where the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District is located.
Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District Map
The Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District was once separate, but unified administratively in the late 1980's. The Pecos Wilderness is shared with the neighboring Española Ranger District. The Pecos/Las Vegas District has two ranger station, one in Pecos and one in Las Vegas.