Cowles Ponds Fishing Site

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Situated in the Pecos Canyon, the Cowles Ponds are right next to the Pecos River and are surrounded by coniferous forests and grassy meadows. Uses: fishing. Facilities: vault toilet at adjacent trailhead and trash bins. NO WATER. Special Instructions:  There are 2 ponds, a larger one, which was dredged and deepened in 2011, and is available to all anglers with a current NM fishing license, and a smaller pond open only to those 12 years of age and under and persons with disabilities.  Both ponds are stocked periodically by the NMDGF with Brown and Rainbow Trout.  To find out when the ponds were last stocked, or when the next stocking might be, please contact the NMDGF at the Pecos fish hatchery (505-757-6360).

The Cowles Pons area is currently in the planning process to add an accessible pathway that will allow persons with disabilities access to the lower pond as well.  A temporary closure may be needed during construction of this pathway.

Visitors to this area are encouraged to pack out trash. Please visit the Leave No Trace website for more information about frontcountry and backcountry outdoor ethics at

Fish Your National Forests: This site can be accessed by Passenger Car; Fish available include: Trout; Types of fishing available include: Shore; ADA accessible fishing access with fishing pier  

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Please follow CDC guidance for social distancing and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics for caring for public lands.
Fees No Fee
Usage: Medium
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Please keep your dogs on a leash for their own safety, to be courteous to other users, to respect & 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 upon a leach not longer than six feet, or otherwise under physical restrictive control. (36 CFR 261.16 (j))

General Information


20 miles north of Pecos on NM 63 and Forest Road 121


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