Pecos Wilderness Horseback Pack Trip
Experience the best riding adventure America has to offer!
The Pecos Wilderness includes the southernmost extension of the Rocky Mountains and is only 100 miles north-east of Albuquerque in the Santa Fe National Forest. The Wilderness boasts one of the highest concentrations of peaks exceeding 12,000-13,102 feet.
Loop rides are designed keep landscapes fresh. The Peco’s unique features set it apart as one of the most interesting, high mountain scenic horseback rides in America. We ride in small groups to cater to more personalized riding experience.
Ride Along The Stunning Trail-Riders Wall
Traveling through spruce forests and small wildflower meadows you follow the Trailriders Wall along the drainage up to the head of the canyon. Rugged ridges with peaks above timberline as dramatic cliff rocks give the ride uniqueness. Hopefully, you will spot the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep.
As we ride along the sub-range of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains we see Santa Fe Baldy, 12,622 feet (3,847 m), the highest point in Santa Fe County, and South Truchas Peak, 13,102 feet (3,993 m), the second highest peak in the state. The beauty of these rides is the ever changing scenery: dramatic cliff rocks, slopes, towering peaks, deep and narrow canyons, creeks and the Pecos River.
Unique Topography Features
The Pecos has beautiful landscapes with heavily forested, high-elevation mountain land. Combining mixed forests of Engelmann spruce, corkbark fir, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, white fir, limber pine, bristlecone pine, and aspen trees. River valleys, broad mesas with streams and rugged canyons vary along the ride. Lakes invite for a nice break. We ride to the Pecos Falls and enjoy during a lunch break the beauty of the rugged country.
The Pecos Falls
One of the most diverse riding days is an adventure over the the famous Pecos Falls. Rolling water over countless steps makes for a unforgettable luncheon break. We ride to the Pecos Falls and enjoy during a lunch break the beauty of the rugged country. We continue our adventure traveling high above the majestic Pecos River back to our base camp.
Pecos Wilderness Itinerary
All the rides are loops – so you always see new country! Routes can change due to weather and trail conditions.
Day I: Beatty Trail 25: The first section of trail 25 we climb almost 1,000 feet in elevation over the first miles, riding in the forest with switchbacks up the hill. Open meadows with forested areas of aspen and conifers change as the trail winds across the east slope of Round Mountain. We then descend to the flats area to Beattys Creek where our camp is. (Ride approx. 3-4 hours) Either you relax at camp the next days by fly fishing or you go on one of the following rides.
Day II: Gascon Trail 239 – We cross the Rito del Padre to climb uphill and take trail 239 northeastwards. After this short steep climb we ride over the ridge crossing a beautiful open meadow and having a spectacular view on the Trucas Peaks. We head through a ponderosa forest and dismount to the Pecos Falls and take our lunch break. The Pecos Falls cascade in the Pecos River. (5-7 hours ride)
Day III: Beattys Trail – 25 up to Skyline Trail 251. Today, is a big day, we head up to 12,000 feet. Firstly, we cross a bridge and ride upstream along Rito de Padre. There are boggy parts and we climb along the eastside of Cerrito del Padre (1,0785 ft.). We cross the junction of Rito del Padre and Rito Maestas steadily climbing in the nice shadows of trees. We get over the timberline and climb up to the Santa Barbara Divide. Hopefully, we will see some Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. By hitting the Skyline Trail, we enjoy excellent views of the Truchas Peaks. We stay that high on 251 till we arrive at Truchas Lake.
Day IV: Trailriders Wall Trail 257– We start out at the Beatty Flats and take 25 along Rito de Padre creek. Taking a short part of 246 to climb out on the South Azul Trail – 255. We head west across a meadow above the Rito Azul. We turn north along the famous Trail-Riders Wall on 257. We follow the along the base of Trail-Riders Wall, traveling through spruce forests and small meadows. After two miles we cross the Rito Azul and head west on 255 to circle the Trail-Riders Wall on the west side.
OR, Day IV: Trail-Riders Wall Trail 257– We start out at the Beatty Flats and take 25 along Rito de Padre creek. Taking 246 to climb out onto the North Azul Trail – 264. We head west through a steep climb out of the canyon and follows a ridge between the Chimayosos and the Rito Azul. The trail continues through forest and meadow for 2.5 miles and intersects with Trail 257. We turn south along the famous Trail-Riders Wall on 257. We follow the along the base of Trail-Riders Wall, traveling through spruce forests and small meadows.
Day V: Pecos Baldy Lake – 251 – Sebadillosos Trail 245 – Dockwiller Trail 259. As usual, we start at Beatty Flats and take first 245 – Sebadillosos Trail which average grades is 15-20%. It starts north of the Pecos River Bridge and branches off the hillside west of the flats and takes a steep climb above the flats to the junction with Trail 259. We stay on 245. The trail cuts off to the right and winds through dense timber and occasional small openings before crossing Sebadillosos Creek. We ascend the forested ridge between the Sebadillosos and Rito Azul drainages.
Day VI: Hamilton Mesa Trail – 249. We pack up and cross the Pecos River over to Trail 260 and Lakespur Trail. We climb up on switchbacks the mountain and arrive at the Mesa`s top. We turn right and use an easy gradually descending trail with views over the Truchas Peaks and high mountain areas. The open space and meadows allows summarizing the beautiful trip.
From stunning settings, observe Elk, deer, coyotes, bear, wild cats, turkey, squirrels, chipmunks, pika, beavers, and Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. A vast bird population includes white-tailed ptarmigan, blue grouse, Steller's jay, raven, raptors, woodpeckers, and many species of hummingbirds.
Rainbow trout, brown trout, and cutthroat trout swim in the 150 miles of fresh streams. Fifteen lakes across the Pecos offer fishing and fly fishing. Known throughout New Mexico as THE place to fly fish. Raw beauty with fantastic fishing experiences.
Star Gazing Paradise
You won’t find a better sky to watch planets, stars, the Milky Way and shooting stars. Its awesome!