Park Offers Special Hikes to Backcountry Pueblos

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

 

Arrowhead Pueblo 

IArrowhead Pueblo hike - Park Ranger Susan discusses the D-shaped kiva at the pueblo site
IArrowhead Pueblo hike – Park Ranger Susan discusses the D-shaped kiva at the pueblo site

 Join rangers for a free tour of the seldom-seen Arrowhead Pueblo on Sunday, May 26th. This one mile roundtrip visit to the 14thcentury pueblo will explore the historical, archaeological, 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 Tour – By Old Blue

 Explore the site of the Forked Lightning Pueblo on Saturday, May 25th. 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.

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