A crumbling, soggy overpass on the north side of Carlsbad makes for an unlikely tourist attraction. Few people will probably go out of their way to see the old structure, known as the “Pecos Flume”. But those who do can say they’ve seen the world’s only river that crosses itself.
Long ago, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not bestowed the title of “World’s Only River That Crosses Itself” on the Pecos River, and the unique flume which splits off from the Pecos, then turns and crosses above it. The flume is part of Carlsbad’s irrigation system, and helps keep what would otherwise be a dry town, green.
There’s plenty of room to park below the flume, and there are no fences or signs warning younot to climb up to the top. During my visit, there was standing water in the flume, but not enough to flow through it.
There was, however, enough water in the leaky flume to rain down on passing cars.
Note: This trip was first published in 2006.