The Pecos River Texas's headwaters actually don't originate in Texas. But flow from north of Pecos, New Mexico, in the Eastern Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
From there it flows from over 12,000' elevation, more or less downhill about 926 total miles. Until its outlet near Del Rio TX at the Rio Grande River. When it's then under 1000' elevation.
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It enters Texas from New Mexico at NM's lowest point.
The two states create a large reservoir on the border, but the majority is within Texas. We'll let you in on the Pecos River in Texas flowing details. Including this Pecos River with-in Texas Map.
Another Texas River with historic lore. From Pecos Bill to Judge Roy Bean, the law West of the Pecos. Have you heard any of its stories?
When the Pecos River enters Texas from New Mexico, it's at this shared reservoir...
Red Bluff Reservoir - Overwhelming the majority of its waters are in Texas. One lone facility is the boat ramp at the very south end. The dam is just east.3
It's a rare oasis in a very dry area. Going here for recreation, you can consider it a gem in the rough!
The Pecos River, Texas side, exits via Red Bluff Dam, and heads southeast.
It winds & winds through Texas desert lands. Passing some oil wells, gravel pits, mining areas. Plus a little farming & lots of desolation.
The river through here suffers from hard times.
As you may notice. It's fairly obvious viewed in Grandfalls TX. There it runs under Crane County Hwy.11. That's just northwest of the Old Grand Falls Highway intersection.
Follow its undulating path further. At a point, if you look northeast, you'll find an odd lake formation...
Juan Cordona Lake - Its historic marker is in Crane TX, even further northeast from the lake.
Soon the Pecos River's surrounding terrain becomes a little more mountainous. With mesas & tablelands. Then some hilly desert.
But still desolate.
The Pecos River winds under U.S. Hwy.385 in Girvin Texas. Driving there, have you ever noticed the adjacent Rio Pecos RV Park/Campground? It closed just past 2022's start. Will it reopen? On this vast wilderness of exploration, it would be handy!
Twisting through miles & miles more of West Texas emptiness. Occasional canyons, country & farm roads.
Then rolling east of Iraan Texas.
Where Rancher Ira (and wife Ann - so the name: IraAn) discovered oil.
Was a boomtown for awhile. Later oil production dwindled, as did the populace. Population now around 1200.
The Pecos rolls under Hwy.190 east of town.
The Pecos River in Texas now parallels swervingly east of Rt.349. Going south to flowing under I-10, east of 349's #325 Entrance to the freeway.
Wandering east of Sheffield TX, near farming areas. Crossing under Pecos County Hwy.290.
Then through some canyon country.
Til finally just Southwest of Pandale, the Pecos River flows under Langtry Rd., at Big Fielder Draw.
Nearby is Pandale Crossing River Resort (432-940-5643) with camping, a few RV sites & cabin rentals.
Before long on its generally southerly course, Texas's course for the Pecos River flows east of Langtry & nearly parallels state Hwy.90. That highway nearly parallels the U.S./Mexico Border.
This southernmost end of the Pecos River in Texas, is probably where you can more beneficially enjoy this waterway. As we think it's the BEST PARTS of the Pecos River, Texas...
For stunning views, stop-over here:
Exit Southeast Side - Onto Park Rd.67. It takes a rough downhill trek to a "Rest Area." Really a picnic spot, no rest-rooms.
Just beyond this location, the Pecos River in Texas widens out to become the International Amistad Reservoir.
Amistad is an international reservoir because it encompasses the US/Mexico border's historic channel of the Rio Grande. Amistad is Spanish for "friendship."3
Once the Pecos flow enters the Rio Grande. They merge a little over 1 mile west of the Pecos River Bridge.
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