Beaver Creek Falls
These are not really named waterfalls… but they are a very worthy and beautiful destination
name- not really a named waterfall, but a beautiful and worthy destination
height- Beaver Creek has many falls; the highest is about 12 feet
GPS coordinates- ±35°44.333N 105°26.300’W… very approximate
flow- this is a strong flowing trout stream
season- May thru Oct
accommodations- forest service campground at the trailhead
ownership- Santa Fe National Forest – Pecos Wilderness
access- a “stunningly beautiful” hike up Beaver Creek (2½ miles) from El Porvenir Campground.
nearest town- Las Vegas, NM is about 18 miles southeast of here
fun fact- This area is a waterfallers paradice… and a rock-climbers dream
I have not found a more beautiful place in all “the Land of Enchantment” ….!!!!!!!! There are many waterfalls here but it takes a lot of “off-trail” bushwhacking to see the higher ones up Cascade Creek, Cielo Creek, Porvenir Creek and Hermit Creek. I was amazed that there seemed to always be a downed tree to provide a “dry” crossing, near each one of the many “wet” creek crossings that the trail makes. Our shoes and pants stayed dry during a mid-May trek in 2008.
We found that many steep, small side canyons cascade over high cliffs as they pour into Beaver Creek at the bottom of El Porvenir Canyon during wet times. Some of these high trickling falls can be seen from the trail while others can only be visited after a vigorous “off-the-trail” climb. We estimate the highest of these high waterfalls to be about 600 feet high. It is a beauty.....! ! ! AND it tends to have a more significant waterflow than any of the other side stream tributaries. Some locals we visited with refered to this amazing - 600 feet high waterfall as “El Porvenir Falls.” Therefore, we call this tributary “El Porvenir Creek.” Please see it on our map below. Later this spring we hope to give El Porvenir Falls an official measurement.
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