San Miguel County Commissioners pass Resolution concerning Comexico LLC exploration permit

San Miguel County Board of County Commissioners Resolution 06-27-2019-01 passed on June 27, 2019 states:
“In Support of strong measures to protect clean water and quality of live; and in opposition to the incomplete application of the proposed hard rod mining operation in the Jones Hill are of the Pecos River watershed on the Santa Fe National Forest by Comexico LLC, a subsidiary of New World Cobalt and in support of strong measures to protect water quality.

Read full resolution here -> San Miguel County Board of County Commissioners Resolution 06-27-2019-01

New Tererro Exploration and Mining project information page

Mineral mining

The Upper Pecos Watershed Association has put together an web page resource that will consolidate information about the New World Cobalt/Comexico LLC Tererro exploration drilling project in the Pecos Canyon. It includes the plans and submitted permit, project map, NM Energy Minerals and Natural Resources Department information pertaining to the permit, and scientific publications from the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources on mining in New Mexico. We’ll update it as new information becomes available.

If this topic interests you, bookmark this link – Tererro Exploration Drilling info page

UPWA Fundraiser Raffle Prizes

We have two great items to in the raffle this year at our annual fundraiser at Brush Ranch River Lodge.

Handcrafted 7 ft 4/5 wt bamboo fly rod made by local rodmaker, Dan Gowe of Zia Rods. $1500 value.

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at the event or online . You don’t need to be present to win.

A Yeti Tundra Haul cooler. $400 value.

Tickets Available – Upper Pecos Watershed Assn Fundraiser

Join us again at Brush Ranch River Lodge this summer to support our work in the Upper Pecos watershed.

Musical entertainment by local band The Jakes. Dinner catered by Walter Burke Catering and live auction led by auctioneer Scott Rice.

WWT 2019 Event tickets and raffle tickets are available to purchase online 

Raffle features handcrafted bamboo flyrod made by local rod maker Dan Gowe and Yeti Tundra Cooler.

Watch our website ( and Facebook page for auction and raffle items. 

UPWA 2019 Watershed Based Plan Released

The Upper Pecos Watershed Association is proud to announce the completion and release of our updated Watershed Based Plan 2019.

In 2016, the Upper Pecos Watershed Association (UPWA) received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED’s) Surface Water Quality Bureau (SWQB) to update their Watershed-Based Plan (WBP). This update was extensively revised and includes new implementation projects and discussion of the effects of two major wildfires that occurred in the watershed in 2013. It also includes updates and revisions to other sections of the original plan released in 2012.

UPWA Watershed Base Plan Update 2019

Support Pecos Canyon State Park during 2019 Legislative session

Funding for the Pecos Canyon State Park is under review during the current 2019 legislative session.

The Pecos Canyon State Park will be part of a State Park budget presentation to Senate Finance on Monday, February 11th in Rm 322 at 1:30 PM
It would help to show up and support extra appropriation of $1.5 – 2.5 million

Liz Stefanics, Senator – District 39
Office 505-986-4378 Cell  505-699-4808

Dalton Day Use Area open to the public

Dalton Day Area two years after restoration

We are pleased to announce that the US Forest Service Dalton Day Area gates have been opened and the picnic area is officially open to the public.  For the past few years Forest Service budget issues have not provided for staff to clean this picnic area.  Due to its popularity to the public, the Upper Pecos Watershed Association (UPWA) has committed to a multi-year volunteer agreement with the Forest Service to maintain the cleanliness of the Dalton Day Area.  On a weekly basis, while the gates are open, UPWA volunteers clean litter and trash in and around the river.

Additionally, UPWA will install portable toilets in the Day Use Area during peak use months.

We would love you to join us in our weekly Friday morning trash pick ups.  Watch our Facebook events for clean up times.

Pecos National Historical Park Offers Special Hike to Forked Lightning Pueblo

Pecos National Historical Park will offer a ranger-guided hike to the site of the Forked Lightning Pueblo on Sunday, September 9th. Along the two mile roundtrip backcountry hike to the remnants of this 13th century pueblo, you will explore the fascinating history of this large settlement that sits on the western bank of Glorieta Creek.  The pueblo, which housed hundreds of people primarily between 1225 and 1300 AD, was described and mapped by noted archaeologist A.V. Kidder in the late 1920s.  Much has been learned about this historical treasure since then—come see for yourself!

 This 2.5 hour program is an off-trail hike along uneven terrain through areas frequented by snakes. Visitors interested in the tour must reserve a spot, as space is limited to 20 participants. Attendees will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the Upper Parking Lot adjacent to the ruins of the mission church.

For more information and to make reservations, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241.

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Park Announces Plans for 2018 Fall Fishing Season

Pecos River on the Pecos National Historical Park

 Beginning August 14th, 2018, Pecos National Historical Park will offer fall fishing permits for the Pecos River within the park boundaries.  The 2018 fall fishing season will begin September 13th and end November 5th.

 For the 2018 fall fishing season, Pecos National Historical Park will be using an online reservation system.  Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance via or by calling 1-877-444-6777.  A $15 per day fee must be paid online during the online reservation process. Please note that anglers are still required to check in and acquire a special use permit at the park visitor center prior to fishing.  For more information related to fishing, visit the park website

Within the park, three miles of the Pecos River are divided into three sections or “beats.” This approach offers anglers roughly one mile on the Pecos River to fish with up to two other people for the day. Three beats (for up to nine anglers per day) are available on the reservation system. 

For more information about the park in general, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241 or visit our website at You will also find our listings on the New Mexico True website ( and Tourism Santa Fe ( Please like on us on Facebook at orInstagram (

Annual Feast Day Celebration at Pecos Pueblo

Annual Feast Day Celebration at Pecos Pueblo

 Pecos National Historical Park will host the annual Feast Day celebration at Pecos Pueblo on Sunday, August 5th. Join in a time honored tradition as community members from the Pueblo of Jemez and Pecos celebrate Feast Day mass inside the ruins of Our Lady of the Angels of Porciúncula (Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles de Porciúncula). Following the 9:30 a.m. mass, the Feast Day celebration continues with traditional dancers from the Pueblo of Jemez and fresh rolls from the horno.

Annual Feast Day Celebration at Pecos Pueblo
Annual Feast Day Celebration at Pecos Pueblo

Feast Day at Pecos Pueblo represents the fulfillment of a long-standing promise.  Before leaving Pecos Pueblo in 1838, the last inhabitants of Pecos Pueblo entrusted a special painting to St. Anthony’s Parish.  A symbol of the pueblo’s adoption of Christianity as another form of religion, this portrait depicts the patron saint bestowed upon the Mission of Pecos in the 1620s.  Every August, Pecos village fulfills its promise to perpetually honor the saint by celebrating a feast day mass in the remains of her final church.  

For more information contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241 or visit You will also find our listings on the New Mexico True website ( and Tourism Santa Fe ( Please like us on Facebook at or Instagram (