This information is provided by the US Forest Service.
The Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District was known as the Pecos River Forest Reserve when it was founded in 1892. It was combined with the Jemez Forest Reserve to form the Santa Fe National Forest in 1915. The Pecos became a district designated as east of the Rio Grande, southern Rio Grande area. The Las Vegas District was a separte district until the late 1980's when it combined administratively with the Pecos Ranger District. They still maintain two ranger stations, but now with one district ranger to oversee both.
Though much has changed, the beauty of the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District remains the same. With scenic vistas and endless mountains, the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District offers many outdoor opportunities for locals and tourists alike.
During the summer month fishing along the Pecos River and camping is a popular diversion. The Pecos Wilderness is a popular spot for hiking and horseback riding. The vast trail system in the wilderness is designed for day trips and extended backpacking opportunities for all levels of hikers. In the fall deer, elk, and big horn sheep hunters hike or ride into the higher elevations in search of game. The winter months are a great time to downhill or cross-country ski.
The village of Pecos and the historic city of Las Vegas are nearby full-service communities. Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico, is also a short distance away. The Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District is a great location full of great adventures, beautiful landscapes, and rich history. Welcome, and enjoy your visit!