Pecos River Flume

(Carlsbad NM)
The Pecos River Flume was originally built of wood in 1890. However, it was eventually washed away in a flood, and replaced with the current concrete structure in 1903. It is still in use today (although not in the best of condition) providing water that irrigates area farms.

Carlsbad Heritage Park

Pecos River Flume

The flow comes from the Avalon Reservoir upstream, which is dammed on the Pecos River. Thus the flume is known as the only place a river crosses itself. A path leads to the top where you can see the irrigation ditch.

Carlsbad Heritage Park

Irrigation Ditch at top of Flume

Carlsbad Heritage Park

Roadrunner Sculptures

Across the road from the viaduct was the small Heritage Park. There were some plaques explaining the flume and the history of the area. Plus, some nifty metal sculptures of roadrunners, a windmill, and a walkway along a landscaped streambed surrounded a picnic shelter.

Carlsbad Heritage Park

Windmill & Water Tank

Carlsbad Heritage Park

Eddy House

Within the park was the Eddy House, believed to be the first permanent structure in the county. It was disassembled and reconstructed on this site.The stone cabin was built in the mid-1880s, and used by several families over the years; including the namesake of the county, and also a founder of Carlsbad.

Camp: Lincoln NF-Prather Canyon Rd boondock
Scene: Viaduct, river, park, cabin

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4 Responses to Pecos River Flume

  1. Gumo May 14, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

    Another place you may enjoy near Carlsbad Caverns is Rattlesnake Springs. A nice spot.

    • Pleinguy May 14, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

      I considered that. But, it’s something to do the next time I’m in the area. Thanks for the suggestion.

  2. OFM May 14, 2017 at 2:21 pm #

    Rattlesnake Springs made for a great afternoon camp for me several years ago. I too, recommend it. Wander a bit while there; and likely, you will see some really nice spots to put you in the painting mood again.

    • Pleinguy May 14, 2017 at 2:28 pm #

      Good suggestion Barney. But, I was there a month ago and I’m now in the far northwestern part of New Mexico.

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