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Hunting Information  

Last Updated: 5/28/2014

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Please check the Open Gate Participating Property’s page

before using the property to make sure that it is available for the current license year.

Open Gate properties are private lands leased by NMDGF to provide access to the public for hunting, fishing and trapping. 

They are available to us only as long as we treat them with respect and keep them clean.

Landowner participation is voluntary.


OG.127 (Monastery Lake)


Directions: From Santa Fe: I-25 to State Road 50 going east, then State Road 63 going north through Pecos.

                  From Las Vegas: I-25 to State Road 63 going north through Pecos.


Description:  Monastery Lake is a charming oval-shaped pond located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at an elevation of 7,000 ft.  It sits just 1 mile north of the town of Pecos, NM in a valley cut by the upper Pecos River watershed, on the grounds of an old Benedictine Monastery.  Monastery Lake covers 6 acres with a maximum depth of 20 feet. This is a regularly stocked, family favorite, trout pond with good handicap access.  The pond is owned by the Benedictine Monastery and public fishing access is leased from the Monastery by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish through the Open Gate Program. 

Please help keep the area clean!


Open Dates: The lake is closed for ice fishing.


Camping: Monastery Lake has no on-site campgrounds. Free, primitive camping is allowed on the Santa Fe National Forest. 

For additional information on developed campgrounds in the area you may visit:


Allowed activities: Fishing - Open Daylight Hours - 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.  Fishing is allowed only from the shore.  Common species include: rainbow trout and brown trout.


Restrictions: Boating, floating devices, wading, and swimming are not allowed.  No fishing in overflow ponds.  Camping and fires are not permitted.


Licenses Required: All persons 12 years or older, while fishing in New Mexico, must have on their person a current New Mexico license.  Anglers 11 years of age and younger do not need a fishing license.  Resident anglers 70 years of age and older need a Free Fishing License, available at any department office or license vendor.  License vendors in Pecos area include: Pecos Canyon Station, INC and Town and Country Store.