Panchuela Trailhead

Area Status: Open

Panchuela Trailhead is located at the end of Forest Road 305 accessed by NM 63 approximately 22 miles north of Pecos.

Uses: Hiking, backpacking, horseback riding.

Facilities: Drinking water is available April through October, vaulted toilet, and trash bins.

Special Instructions: NO HORSE TRAILERS ALLOWED. The closest equestrian parking is located at Winsor Ridge and Jack's Creek Trailheads.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Tent camping, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: $5 day-use fee, or use the New Mexico Enchantment Pass or Interagency Passes.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: Please keep your dogs on a leash for their own safety, to be courteous to other users, to respect and protect wildlife, and to protect vegetation. In a Developed Recreation Area it is prohibited to bring in or possess an animal, other than a service animal, unless it is crated, caged, or on a leash no longer than six feet, or otherwise under physical restrictive control. (36 CFR 261.16 (j))   Pecos Wilderness Restrictions:
  • Camping and campfires are prohibited in the following areas:
    • Beatty’s Flats
    • Pecos Falls
    • within 50 feet of a trail, stream, or river
    • within 200 feet of a lake
  • All garbage and refuse must be packed out.  Do not bury garbage or try to burn aluminum.
  • Mechanized equipment (including chainsaws) is prohibited in Wilderness areas. 
  • Do not shortcut switchbacks on trails.
  • Possessing, storing, or transporting any part of a tree or plant is prohibited, with the exception of dead and down wood for campfires.
  • Do not tie horses to trees for more than 2 hours.  Use highlines or pickets.
  • The maximum group size for camping, hiking, or riding is 15 people, whether for day or overnight use.
  • The maximum number of pack and saddle stock allowed in a group is 15.
  • Camping for more than 14 consecutive days in one place is not allowed.
  • Domestic goats and sheep are prohibited in the Pecos Wilderness in order to protect the bighorn sheep population from disease.
  • Storing equipment or supplies is prohibited.
Closest Towns: Pecos and Santa Fe
Water: No potable water. The water system has been winterized for the season.
Operated By: Forest Service

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