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“Southeast New Mexico Landmark” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pecos River Flume

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Pecos River Flume
Carlsbad, NM
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Ranked #14 of 19 attractions in Carlsbad
Type: Bodies of Water
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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.
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“Southeast New Mexico Landmark”
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 in 1966 when the water was up to the top of the arches. It is easily accessible, free to all and something you need to take a moment to see if you are in town. Oh, and just on the down stream side is THE Carlsbad Spring. The entire town was renamed Carlsbad to promote this spring as a health destination at the turn of the last century. now, the original concrete foundation is still there, and you can still see the several hundred gallons of water a minute flow into Lake Carlsbad.

Visited February 2013
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“Of Limited Interest”
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.

Visited April 2012
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“It's an aqueduct which siphons off all...”
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 the riverbank. The park was built by the WPA and has an unusual recreation center converted from an abandoned steam electric generation plant. This riverside park is the only real draw of Carlsbad other than the Living
Desert Zoo *** on the northwest outskirts of town, the southwestern style courthouse downtown*, and the Carlsbad Caverns National Park**** about 20 miles south of town. Sitting Bull Falls*** is a lovely spot for a picnic and a day hike if you have an afternoon to kill (get directions from the visitor center downtown. That's about all there is within 50 miles of Carlsbad!

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“Empty Canal Crosses Dry River”
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 of the Pecos River.

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