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Interesting from an Engineering and History Perspective

We read about the Pecos River Flume on TripAdvisor, so we decided to check it out when passing... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Gabe10101
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Lexington, Kentucky
Not really worth the drive by

There really isn't much to see besides a leaking flume over a road... I think they could do it some... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2017
hwieler
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Canmore, Canada
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Once featured in "Ripley's Believe It or Not" as the river that crosses itself, this artificial channel brings Pecos River water from Lake Avalon to dry areas as part of the Carlsbad Irrigation System. Orginally made of wood, the Flume was destroyed by a flood in 1902 and then remade out of concrete.
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2 weeks ago
“Interesting from an Engineering and History Perspective”
19 Mar 2017
“Interesting”
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Carlsbad, NM
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We read about the Pecos River Flume on TripAdvisor, so we decided to check it out when passing through Carlsbad. The flume itself is interesting, but insignificant by today's standards. The surrounding park is not worth visiting, but the city appears to be improving it...More

Thank Gabe10101
Reviewed 2 April 2017

There really isn't much to see besides a leaking flume over a road... I think they could do it some justice by fixing the leaks I guess...

Thank hwieler
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Took about an hour to visit this spot. It's a short an interesting historical place in Carlsbad. Hike to the top to see the flume, it does have graffiti, but it offers a nice view.

Thank Okiemom61777
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Enjoyed seeing the lights on The Flume at night, which encouraged me to walk over there during the day. There is one small sign about the Flume. Nice little park next door, but that is about one of the original settlers of the area. Glad...More

Thank trish87301
Reviewed 14 November 2016

My wife an I love history and interesting historical sites. Yeah, it's interesting that this makes the river cross itself, but that's about it. The little park with a sign describing the flume is weed choked and in disrepair. The flume itself (on the top)...More

1  Thank Jfk08865
Reviewed 16 October 2016

The Pecos River Flume is a very interesting part of Carlsbad history. My husband and I walked to the top of the flume and watched the river crossing itself. Awesome!

1  Thank Liz M
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Having been to Carlsbad many times as a child, I don't think I ever visited the Flume, so I'm glad I went this time. However, it seems like there is missed potential here. There is no information about the flume on site, so I had...More

3  Thank sixpalz
Reviewed 11 July 2016

You can see the flume by car. There is a little park that tells you about the flume. My spouse how absolutely loves to read roadside signs had to find it and read the flumes story.

1  Thank Vickie R
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Back after WWII, the Civilian Conservation Corps was started to give returning servicemen jobs. In Carlsbad, the projects included digging irrigation ditches all over the place plus the Flume to get water from the Pecos River to the irrigation ditches. This stone construction literally takes...More

1  Thank William V
Reviewed 20 June 2016

I read about the Pecos River Flume on Trip Advisor. We were in the area, and decided to check it out. It was very interesting. As you drive down the road to the Flume, make sure that you stop at the Park/Visitor Center and read...More

1  Thank SusieQ1206
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