Situated in the counties of Santa Fe and San Miguel in New Mexico is the Pecos National Historical Park. The park is home to thousands of acres of New Mexico countryside along with archaeological ruins from prehistoric times, making it a popular place to visit and explore.
Amongst the ruins is the Pecos Pueblo and the walls of a Spanish Mission. A visit to the Pecos National Historical Park encourages visitors to explore these historical sites along with the rich geographic features that make it a unique experience
Things to do and See
Pecos National Historical Park Visitor Center
While there is no entry fee to enter the park, stop by at the E.E. Fogelson Visitor Center to plan your visit through the park. Trail guides are available to help guide you through the main attractions of the park. Rangers are also available to share information on the park. There is also a small museum on-site that has interesting exhibits to explore.
Exploring the Ruins
From Pecos National Historical Park visitor center, the Ancestral Sites Trail is a 1.25-mile round trip loop that is relatively easy to cover. It starts at the visitor center and as it progresses, visitors get a glimpse into the ancestral sites of the Pecos Pueblos and the Mission Church. During your hike, you will get to see beautiful views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Glorieta Mesa.
Guided Tours Pecos Pecos National Historical Park
Rangers or volunteers conduct guided tours inside the park, and tour schedules are available at the visitor center. The Ancestral Sites Tour is the most popular tour where a ranger will take you through the Main Loop Trail and share interesting facts about the history and culture of the Pecos Pueblo and other archaeological ruins in the area.
Glorieta Pass Battlefield
Located inside Pecos National Historical Park is a Civil War battle site. The hike from the visitor center to the battlefield is about 2.25 miles. The trail leads through winding forested areas where you get a look into the Civil War in New Mexico through signs along the trail that share information about the battle.
Civil War Walking Tour
The Civil War Walking Tour is conducted by rangers who give a detailed presentation of the Civil War and the Battle of Glorieta Pass. Reservations are not required for the tour that starts at the visitor center and covers a part of the Battlefield Trail.
Fishing in the Pecos River
If you are spending a few days in the area you might want to drop a line into the Pecos River. The three month fishing season usually runs from June to August. There are three different beats for fishing. Valid licenses and a permit are required to fish inside Pecos National Historical Park.
Getting To Pecos National Historical Park
The park is about a 45- minute drive Santa Fe and a little over one hour drive from Albuquerque, New Mexico. There are ample dining and hotel options in the nearby town of Pecos. Park address 1 NM-63, Pecos, New Mexico. Website.