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“Historical” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pecos River Flume

Pecos River Flume
Carlsbad, NM
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Ranked #6 of 19 Attractions in Carlsbad
Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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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.
Carlsbad, NM
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Historical”
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.

Visited July 2013
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Ajijic, Mexico
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89 reviews 89 reviews
17 attraction reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Interesting”
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.

Visited July 2013
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Odessa, Texas
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Interesting”
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.

Visited June 2013
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Carlsbad, NM
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“bulldoze it”
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.

Visited May 2013
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Springer, New Mexico
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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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