Half Day/ Auto Tour Itinerary

The Pecos National Historical Park is one of the smaller parks, so it can be explored fairly thoroughly in a short amount of time. Travelers should make sure to visit:

  • The E.E. Fogelson Visitor Center, where visitors can pick up brochures, current conditions, tickets for guided tours, and/or ask any questions. There is also a 10-minute movie about the park.

  • The park’s museum to see the exhibits and history of the area.

  • Civil War Battlefield Trail, 2.3 miles, gate access code available at visitor center.

    • Learn about the Battle of Glorieta Pass: the 3-day fight where the Union held control over the Santa Fe area, and the Confederates lost.

  • If time remains, visit the Forked Lightning Ranch House, this ticketed tour last 90 minutes, and stops along:

    • Kozlowski’s Santa Fe Trail stage stop

    • Glorieta Creek & Pecos River

    • The ranch house where park patrons actress Greer Garson and her husband E.E. Fogelson lived

Full Day Itinerary

Visitors wishing to spend a full day in the Pecos National Historic Park may complete the half day itinerary, and accommodate a few more park-offered guided tours.

  • The E.E. Fogelson Visitor Center, where visitors can pick up brochures, current conditions, tickets for guided tours, and/or ask any questions. There is also a 10-minute movie about the park.

  • The park’s museum to see the exhibits and history of the area.

  • Civil War Battlefield Trail, 2.3 miles, gate access code available at visitor center.

    • Learn about the Battle of Glorieta Pass: the 3-day fight where the Union held control over the Santa Fe area, and the Confederates lost.

  • If there on a Friday, the Arrowhead Ruin tour, the 90-minute tour takes visitors to an off-trail pueblo site, with a 1-mile hike, and history of the region’s rich history.

  • If there on a Saturday, the Civil War in the West tour, a two-hour van tour (tickets available at visitor center) that takes travelers along several sites pertaining to the Battle of Glorieta Pass.

  • If there on a Sunday, The Forked Lightning Ranch House, this tour (tickets available at visitor center) lasts 90 minutes, and stops along:

    • Kozlowski’s Santa Fe Trail stage stop

    • Glorieta Creek & Pecos River

    • The ranch house where park patrons actress Greer Garson and her husband E.E. Fogelson lived

Two Day Itinerary

If in the area for two days, consider completing the the full day itinerary on the first day, and on the second perhaps experience the world-class fly-fishing on the Pecos River - all fishing regulations and reservation information found here.

If your two-day stay overlaps a Friday/Saturday, or a Saturday/Sunday, make sure you take the opportunity to participate in both guided tours available to you.

Backcountry Itinerary

There are no official backcountry activities available in the park.