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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 3 April 2017
hwieler
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Canmore, Canada
Interesting

Took about an hour to visit this spot. It's a short an interesting historical place in Carlsbad... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2017
Okiemom61777
,
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
via mobile
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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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19 Mar 2017
“Interesting”
20 Jan 2017
“The Flume”
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Carlsbad, NM
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Reviewed 3 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 15 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 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...More

3  Thank sixpalz
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.

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
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...More

2  Thank Rene M
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