Monday, February 6th, 2023
Monday, February 6th, 2023

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NM: Department improves fishing, camping areas in Pecos Canyon

Bert ClanceyTERRERO — Visitors to Pecos Canyon this Memorial
Day weekend will notice some improvements to fishing and camping
areas that will make their outdoor experience cleaner and more

This week, the Department of Game and Fish put the finishing
touches on improvements to two popular fishing and camping access
points along the Pecos River. Roads were graded, campsites were
improved, bear-proof trash bins were installed and state-of-the-art
vault toilets were built at the Bert Clancy and Terrero areas.

“We’re confident visitors will enjoy these improvements at
properties in the canyon,” said Mike Gustin, the Department’s
assistant chief of habitat and lands. “We also hope the cleaner
environment and new facilities will inspire people to respect the
beauty of one of our state’s most popular fishing and camping

The Department hired an employee to remove trash and perform
maintenance on several properties between Pecos and Cowles owned by
the State Game Commission. A volunteer also will help with trash
cleanup. Management of the properties eventually may be turned over
the State Parks Division, as suggested by the 2010 State
Legislature in a House Joint Memorial.

This year’s improvements were focused on the Bert Clancy and
Terrero areas. Future work is planned at the Mora campground and
Jamie Koch recreation area.

At the Bert Clancy area, Department crews defined nine RV
campsites with large boulders, spread 2,000 tons of base course on
pads and access roads, and installed 3,000 feet of pipe fencing to
keep vehicles out of the river. Bear-proof trash bins were
installed, and a large vault toilet with separate facilities for
men and women is one of the best in the canyon.

The Terrero site, one of the most popular in the canyon, was
improved with trash bins and a new vault toilet. The access road
over runoff from a natural spring was improved with about 300 tons
of rock and 150 tons of base course.

All Commission-owned properties in the canyon are part of the
Gaining Access Into Nature (GAIN) program. Visitors ages 18 or
older must have either a GAIN permit or a current hunting or
fishing license, and a Habitat Management and Access Validation.
Licenses and permits are available at license vendors statewide,
online at, and at Department offices in
Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell and Las Cruces.


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