Park Offers Forked Lightning Ranch Open House

 Don’t miss your chance to visit one of northern New Mexico’s most iconic locations—the Forked Lightning Ranch.  On Saturday, May 11th, Pecos National Historical Park will open up the Ranch House from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.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 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 NHP at (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 or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pecos_nps).

Park Offers Special Hike to the “Lost” Church

Pecos National Historical Park will offer a hike with Park Archaeologist Jeremy Moss to the site of the Lost Church on Sunday, May 5th. Along the one mile round trip hike to the ruins of the church, also known as the Ortiz Church, you will explore the fascinating history of some of the earliest missionary efforts in Northern New Mexico.  The church, which dates from 1617-1621, was first described and mapped by Adolph Bandelier in 1880.  Much has been learned about this historical treasure since then—come see for yourself!

This two hour program is an off-trail hike along uneven terrain through areas frequented by snakes. Visitors interested in the tour must reserve a spot, as space is limited to 15 participants. Attendees will meet at the Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m.

For more information and to make reservations, 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 athttps://www.facebook.com/PecosNHPnps or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pecos_nps).

Park Offers Special Hikes to Backcountry Pueblos

Pecos, NM:– Pecos National Historical Park will offer two special backcountry hikes this April.

Arrowhead Pueblo

Arrowhead Pueblo hike - Park Ranger Susan describes the pueblo site
Arrowhead Pueblo hike – Park Ranger Susan describes the pueblo site

Join rangers for a free tour of the seldom-seen Arrowhead Pueblo on Saturday, April 27th. This one mile roundtrip visit to the 14th century pueblo will explore the historical, archeological, and cultural significance of this 100+ room ruin. Visitors interested in the tour are required to reserve a spot, as space is limited. Attendees will meet at the Visitor Center at 1:00 p.m. and caravan to the trailhead with the ranger.

Forked Lightning Pueblo

Forked Lightning Pueblo tourExplore the site of the Forked Lightning Pueblo on Sunday, April 28th. Along the two mile roundtrip backcountry hike to the remnants of this 13th century pueblo, you will explore the fascinating history of a large settlement that sits on the western bank of Glorieta Creek.  The pueblo, which housed hundreds of people primarily between 1225 and 1300 AD, was described and mapped by noted archaeologist A.V. Kidder in the late 1920s.  Much has been learned about this historical treasure since then—come see for yourself!

This 2.5 hour program is an off-trail hike along uneven terrain through areas frequented by snakes. There is at least one stream crossing, please plan to bring appropriate footwear. Visitors interested in the tour must reserve a spot, as space is limited to 20 participants. Attendees will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the Upper Parking Lot adjacent to the ruins of the mission church.

For more information and to make reservations, 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).

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).