Prime time for Pecos, New Mexico

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

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Beatty's Trail.
 What: A gently sloping, hour-long woodsy walk with wildflower-strewn meadows and views that'll have you singing "the hills are alive!" When: Start early to avoid afternoon thunderstorms. Where: Jack's Creek Trailhead, Santa Fe National Forest; 505/757-6121.

Cowles Pond.
 What: A perfect fish-filled pond for kids, plus access to 150 miles of streams with rainbow and brookies for adults. When: Best before sunrise. Where: 20 miles north of Pecos on State 63, Santa Fe National Forest; see above. Pick up tackle and bait at Adelo's Town & Country Store; 505/757-8565.



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