Pecos NHP Set to Rehabilitate Historic Trading Post

Trading post in Kozlowski’s day

Pecos, NM:  Pecos National Historical Park has been awarded funding to rehabilitate the historic Kozlowski’s Trading Post along Highway 63 in Pecos, NM.  The project, which begins in late February 2019, will transform the building into a visitor contact station, museum, and employee office space.  Weil Construction from Albuquerque, NM, is the General Contractor and is teamed with Avanyu General Contracting of Española and Pat Taylor Historic Preservation of Mesilla, NM, for the rehabilitation phase of the project.  No tax dollars will be used for this project, instead receipts from visitor entrance fees from parks around the country will fund the rehabilitation of this building.

Trading Post today

The Trading Post has a storied past.  A Polish immigrant named Martin Kozlowski originally constructed the Trading Post along the Santa Fe Trail in 1858.  It served as one of the last stage stops before trail-weary travelers arrived in Santa Fe after months on the dusty trail.  During the Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass, this building served as a Union hospital. In 1925, rodeo-promoter and entrepreneur Tex Austin purchased the building and turned it into ranch headquarters for his famous Forked Lightning Ranch.  In the 1940s, E.E. “Buddy” Fogelson bought the ranch and then brought his Hollywood actress wife, Oscar-winning Greer Garson, to the Forked Lightning Ranch.  Together, they worked the land as a hobby ranch and entertained many Hollywood guests.  In 1990, the National Park Service acquired the ranch and Trading Post and used it as office space, until 2006, when the building was deemed unfit for occupancy.

For more information about the park in general, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/peco. You will also find our listings on the New Mexico True website (newmexico.org) and Tourism Santa Fe (santafe.org). Please like on us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PecosNHPnpsor Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pecos_nps).

Park Offers Special Geology Walks

Pecos, NM: – Join park volunteer and career geologist Laura Reich for monthly geology walks at Pecos National Historical Park this spring.  This one mile roundtrip walk along the main trail will introduce the landforms, geological concepts, and rocks that influenced why people settled or traveled through the Upper Pecos River Valley.

These free programs will take place on the following Sundays from 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: February 17, March 10, and April 28. Visitors are advised to dress appropriately for the weather, bring water, and apply sunscreen in advance.

For more information contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241.

You will also find our listings on the New Mexico True website (newmexico.org) and Tourism Santa Fe (santafe.org). Please like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PecosNHPnps or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pecos_nps).

Park Announces Plans for 2019 Spring Fishing Season

Pecos National Historical Park fishing program near Forked Lightning Ranch
Pecos National Historical Park fishing program near Forked Lightning Ranch

Pecos, NM:  Beginning February 7th, 2019, Pecos National Historical Park will offer spring fishing permits for the Pecos River within the park boundaries.  The 2019 spring fishing season will begin March 7th and end April 15th.

 For the 2019 spring fishing season, Pecos National Historical Park will be using an online reservation system.  Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance via www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.  A $15 per day fee must be paid online during the online reservation process. Please note that anglers are still required to check in and acquire a special use permit at the park visitor center prior to fishing.  For more information related to fishing, visit the park website https://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm.

Within the park, three miles of the Pecos River are divided into three sections or “beats.” This approach offers anglers roughly one mile on the Pecos River to fish with up to two other people for the day. Three beats (for up to nine anglers per day) are available on the reservation system.

For more information about the park in general, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/peco. You will also find our listings on the New Mexico True website (newmexico.org) and Tourism Santa Fe (santafe.org). Please like on us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PecosNHPnpsor Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pecos_nps).

Park Offers Forked Lightning Ranch Open House

Forked Lightning Ranch - Pecos National Historical Park
Photo credit: Stan Ford

Pecos, NM: Don’t miss your chance to visit one of northern New Mexico’s most iconic locations—the Forked Lightning Ranch.  On Sunday, February 24th, Pecos National Historical Park will open up the Ranch House from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for visitors to explore at their leisure.  The Forked Lightning Ranch, which overlooks a wild stretch of the Pecos River, is steeped in history.  Once home to such notable personalities as rodeo promoter Tex Austin and Hollywood actress Greer Garson, the ranch house transports you back to the formative years of dude ranching in the Southwest.  Rangers and volunteers will be on site to help answer questions and to orient visitors to this architectural gem.

Please note, space is limited to a total of 50 vehicles.  Access to the ranch is down a 1.5 mile dirt road.  For safety reasons, parking reservations are required. For more information and to make reservations, contact Pecos NHPat (505) 757-7241.

For more information about the park in general, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/peco. You will also find our listings on the New Mexico True website (newmexico.org) and Tourism Santa Fe (santafe.org). Please like on us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PecosNHPnps orInstagram (https://www.instagram.com/pecos_nps).

Pecos National Historical Park and Fort Union National Monument Closed during Government Shutdown

Due to the lapse of appropriations and the subsequent shutdown of the federal government, Pecos National Historical Park and Fort Union National Monument is closed for the safety of visitors and park resources.

Many other national park sites across the country will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures.

Please visit www.nps.gov and select “Find a Park” for additional information about access to other parks and sites in this area. However, note that because of the federal government shutdown, NPS social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions.

For updates on the shutdown, please visit www.doi.gov/shutdown.


About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 NPS employees care for America’s 418 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

Old and New Holiday Traditions: Farolito Walk and Las Posadas at Pecos National Historical Park

Join us this December for a two-night holiday event at Pecos National Historical Park. Together with the Friends of Pecos National Historical Park, St. Anthony’s Parish, and Western National Parks Association, the park will offer a Farolito Walk on Sunday, December 16th and Las Posadas festivities on Monday, December 17th.  Both events are free and all parking will be at the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds.  Shuttle transportation is provided.

Farolitos photoFarolito Walk

Sunday, December 16th

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

In response to popular demand, this laid-back evening will offer visitors the opportunity to leisurely take in the magic and ambiance of more than 3500 farolitos. Enjoy the peace and quiet of a winter’s evening as you follow the illuminated 1-mile trail to the Spanish Mission Church and pueblo. Start your visit at the event tent that will be located outside the E.E. Fogelson Visitor Center.  There you will find refreshments, warming stations, and the trailhead. From 6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. the Santa Fe Brass Quintet, a music ensemble of accomplished and dedicated musicians from around the Santa Fe area, will play traditional and contemporary Christmas music.

Las Posadas

Monday, December 17th

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

This evening offers a more traditional Las Posadas experience.  Horse-drawn wagon rides will begin at 5:15 p.m.  The procession will begin at the remnants of the 18thcentury church and convento at 6:00 p.m. and wind down the trail to the visitor center with the group singing traditional hymns and holiday songs in both English and Spanish. More than 3,500 farolitos will illuminate the trail. Free hot beverages and biscochitos will be served at the event tent.

In Spanish, las posadas means “inns” or “shelters,” and represents the journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem and their search for shelter. St. Anthony’s Parish in Pecos carries on this northern New Mexico tradition every December. Pecos National Historical Park will be just one stop during this novena, or nine-day event.

Shuttle service will be more substantial this year to better accommodate the growing number of visitors attending this event. Free visitor parking will be located at the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo Grounds, immediately south of the Village of Pecos, near mile-marker 5 on the west side of Hwy. 63. Limited handicapped parking will be available at the park visitor center. There will be free school bus shuttles to take visitors to and from the park visitor center and parking area. Gates to the parking area open at 4:30 p.m. and buses will begin taking visitors to both events immediately. The last visitor shuttle from the rodeo grounds to the park will leave at 7:00 p.m. There is no other parking available at Pecos National Historical Park.

Please note, these events are almost entirely outdoors; appropriate winter clothing and flashlights are highly recommended.

Turkey Feather Blanket and Yucca Processing Demonstrations at Pecos NHP

Come see for yourselves how the ancestral Puebloans stayed warm as archaeologist Mary Weahkee demonstrates the traditional art of making turkey feather blankets on Wednesday November 14th at 10:00 a.m. at the Pecos National Historical Park Visitor Center. She will showcase the creation, materials, and uses of traditional turkey feather blankets and yucca fiber processing at Pecos National Historical Park. Mary Weahkee, a member of both Santa Clara Pueblo and the Comanche Nation is an Assistant Archaeologist for New Mexico’s Office of Archaeological Studies.

More about Mary Weahkee

For more information, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241.

You will also find PNHP listings on the New Mexico True website (newmexico.org) and Tourism Santa Fe (santafe.org). Please like us on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/PecosNHPnps or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pecos_nps).