Pecos River Guarded by Isolation, Bound by Reservoirs

In the final 100 miles of the Pecos River, as it journeys south through far West Texas to empty into the Rio Grande, there is one public access point.

A Val Verde County road crosses the river near Pandale, an abandoned pioneer settlement 55 miles from the closest population center. The next direct link to urban civilization on the river comes only after 50 more miles, at the U.S. Highway 90 bridge. In between, signs of modern human life are limited to the rare ranch house on a distant river bluff.

Its rocky rapids — navigable only by canoe or ...

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