Rio Bonito (New Mexico)
The Rio Bonito is a small river in the Sierra Blanca Mountains of southern New Mexico, United States. The headwaters of the river start in the Lincoln National Forest on the slopes of Sierra Blanca and travel eastward until they merge with the south fork of the Rio Bonito just west of Bonito Lake, a man-made reservoir. After passing through the reservoir, the river continues in a generally eastward direction passing through the historic Fort Stanton and the home of Billy the Kid, Lincoln, New Mexico. 10 miles (16 km) past Lincoln the Rio Bonito merges with the Rio Ruidoso in the town of Hondo, New Mexico where the two rivers join to form the Rio Hondo which then flows towards the Pecos River. Though not reaching the Pecos except during floods.
Several fish species live within the waters of the Rio Ruidoso, including:
- Lincoln National Forest
- List of New Mexico rivers
- Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation
- Ruidoso, New Mexico
- Sacramento Mountains
- Sierra Blanca
Notes and references
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rio Bonito
- Roswell District Office, Bureau of Land Management, Department of Interior (1997). Roswell Resource(s) Management Plan (RMP) and Carlsbad Resource(s) Management Plan (RMP) Amendment, Quay County, Curry County, DeBaca County, Roosevelt County, Lincoln County, Guadalupe Count, Chaves County, Eddy County, Lea County: Environmental Impact Statement. Roswell, New Mexico: United States Bureau of Land Management. pp. 3–74.
- Beacham, Van (2004). Flyfisher's Guide to New Mexico. Belgrade, Montana: Wilderness Adventures Press. pp. 333–334. ISBN 978-1-932098-13-6.
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