Prime time for Pecos, New Mexico

Wildflowers, forests, fish -- sure beats summer in the sweltering city

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Pecos, New Mexico

Horse for hire from Tererro riding stables

Douglas Merriam

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The village of Pecos is 6 miles east of I-25 on State 50 and about 25 miles southeast of Santa Fe.

When the desert breeze starts feeling like a hair dryer on high, Santa Feans flee to the shady pastures of Pecos, a village on the edge of a vast wilderness area. We're talking evergreens, lush grasses, glassy ponds, and classic log cabins ― Rocky Mountain-style livin' less than an hour from New Mexico's capital.

Fuel up on breakfast burritos and chitchat with locals at the country store, then head into the 1.6 million-acre Santa Fe National Forest for fishing, horseback riding, and trekking along trails lined with wild iris.

Santa Fe National Forest.What: Guided horseback rides through the aspen-scattered high country, home to elk, coyote - and sweeping vistas. How much: $30 per hour. Where: Depart from Tererro General Store & Riding Stables, 13 miles north of Pecos on State 63; 505/757-6193.


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