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Address: Carlsbad, NM

Once featured in "Ripley's Believe It or Not" as the river that...

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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Interesting but incomplete

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... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 October 2016
Southlake, TX
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Lopatcong, New Jersey
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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) is full of graffiti. A letdown, even though we were just trying to kill a... More 

Thank Jfk08865
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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!

Thank Liz M
Southlake, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 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 to look it up online later. The whole park area could be much more educational... More 

Thank sixpalz
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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.

Thank Vickie R
Carlsbad, New Mexico
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32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 water from the Pecos River and crosses the Pecos River! Way cool project!

1 Thank B.j. V
Estelline tx
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 the information of why and how the Flume came about. It is a lovely area... More 

1 Thank SusieQ1206
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2016 via mobile

It's just outside an amazing neighboorhood. The park is a fine walk about. The river you park by is lovely. The aquaduct is a great thing to stop and see. It's a rare sight in the US. We walked up to the waterway that the aquaduct supports. Granted there was no water IN JANUARY, there was a lovely walkway and... More 

2 Thank Rene M
Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2015

You need to start at the bottom where the cabin is. From there you can read about the history of each. When we went up there, we had a good view of the river and the flume. I would have liked to know more about how everything worked, though.

2 Thank Bridgette W
Alamogordo, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2015

THE ONLY REASON I DIDN'T RATE THIS AS 5 STAR, WAS BECAUSE MANY PEOPLE AREN'T INTO THIS KIND OF THING. this visit it still had some water in it, but was draining fast, after being shut off for the season. this would be much neater, when running full, in the summer. if you like things that were a big project... More 

Thank llittle
Marysville, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

Surprised to see this as we were touring about Carlsbad. Kind of seemed like something out of Europe.

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