Overview

Pecos National Historical Park has over 12,000 years of history to be explored by visitors. The park contains ancient Native American pueblo remains, Spanish mission churches, and part of the Santa Fe Trail trade route. Popular activities in the park include hiking, fishing, fly fishing, bird-watching, and touring the historic buildings and remains, The park is set against beautiful grasslands, mountain buttes, Ponderosa pine and cottonwood tree forests, and the Pecos River.

Key Attractions

  • Arrowhead Ruin – 14th century pueblo ruin with 105 rooms and one kiva room
  • Battle of Glorieta Pass – take a tour of the Civil War’s furthest western battlefront
  • Santa Fe Trail – visitors can learn about the trade route’s interesting history and tour Martin Kozlowski’s famous stage stop for weary travelers
  • Pecos River – excellent fly fishing – reservation information here
  • Forked Lightning Ranch House – home built for Tex Austin, “Daddy of the Rodeo,” by architect John Gaw Meem, later lived in by park benefactors E.E. Fogelson and actress Greer Garson – located in the beautiful, lush bluff next to Glorieta Creek and the Pecos River
  • E.E. Fogelson Visitor Center – overview of the park and it’s destinations, museum, and bookstore with handmade Native American art and crafts
  • Lost Church and other mission homes and churches – view the remains of early Franciscan churches and learn about the history of their missionary work
  • Pecos pueblo and mission remains – view the remains of an Indian Pueblo that the Pecos people built and used in pre-European times and the remains of an old Spanish mission church

Location

  • Located in north-central New Mexico
  • 25 miles east of Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • This park is located near other significant attractions, including:
    • Bandelier National Park
    • Petroglyph National Monument
    • Fort Union National Monument
    • Aztec Ruins National Monument
    • Capulin Volcano National Monument
    • Chaco-Culture National Historic Park
    • Santa Fe Trail – stage coach stops
    • Civil War battle sites, including the cities of Albuquerque and Santa Fe

Other Information

Travel Information

  • Winter hours: Visitor Center open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., park grounds open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Labor Day to Memorial Day); Summer hours: Visitor Center & park grounds open 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Park open everyday except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s
  • Learn about fees, reservations, and fee-free days here
  • List of guided tours