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Pecos River Flume

Carlsbad, NM
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Ranked #14 of 19 attractions in Carlsbad
Type: Bodies of Water
Owner description: Once featured in "Ripley's Believe It or Not" as the river that crosses itself, this artificial channel brings Pecos River water from Lake Avalon to... more » Owner description: Once featured in "Ripley's Believe It or Not" as the river that crosses itself, this artificial channel brings Pecos River water from Lake Avalon to dry areas as part of the Carlsbad Irrigation System. Orginally made of wood, the Flume was destroyed by a flood in 1902 and then remade out of concrete. « less
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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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94 reviews 94 reviews
45 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

I will admit, in the winter, this is not a real pretty place, but if you like to see neat things that we have built, you will enjoy the flume. would be much neater, during the irrigation season, with water flowing. it carries irrigation water over the top of pecos river. it is easy to find, just off the highway,... More

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Box Elder, South Dakota
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116 reviews 116 reviews
21 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Had read about this here on Trip Advisor so we went by while in the area and there's really nothing there. Very little water, (and I know they need rain here badly) so maybe after a rain it would be worth seeing but it was 'nothing' but an old cement structure with weeds growing around it and it was leaking... More

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Carlsbad, NM
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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

When have you seen a river cross itself? Come to the Flume and you will! Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not for this fact. This concrete structure is the result of many attempts built in wood - devasting floods at the turn of the century were not kind. This is a great spot for bird watching and walking.

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Ajijic, Mexico
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76 reviews 76 reviews
15 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

This flume is just off Hwy 285 and is interesting because it send water through a tunnel over Pecos River. However, there is no interpretation or historic information for visitors. It is a shame, because it could be a tourist attraction, along with the heritage park that is falling apart and full of trash. A real shame.

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Odessa, Texas
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9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

The flume was an interesting site. However, it was in severe disrepair, and seemed as though it might collapse any minute. Water was leaking from one end and puddling under the arch.

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Carlsbad, NM
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62 reviews 62 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

the flume thing is less than 200 years old, and it leaks, requires repairs, and is ugly. Roman aqueducts are almost 2000 years old, and much more effective as well as awesome looking.

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Artesia, New Mexico
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112 reviews 112 reviews
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

This is still a working water flume which carries irrigation water across the Pecos River to the farms south of the City of Carlsbad. This concrete flume was built about 1904 after the previous two wooden flumes were destroyed in floods. This 'new' flume has paid for itself many times over and has survived two large floods since, the biggest... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

It's a viaduct. What else can you say? I bit out of place in the middle of a desert. We were just visiting to snap a photo of it for a scavenger hunt sponsored by the New Mexico Dept. of Tourism.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2010

It's an aqueduct which siphons off all the water of the Pecos River upstream behind a dam and only releases water through the irrigation channels when needed for crops. The nice lake you see south of the aqueduct comes from springs which feed the river downstream and are backed up by a dam south of the very nice park along... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2009

I don't know if it was the time of year or if unusual drought plagues southern New Mexico, but neither the Pecos River Flume nor the Pecos River (below the Flume) had water in it. There is a dam downstream, and the water had backed up to NEAR the flume. Downstream of the flume parks and riverwalks adorn the sides... More

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