Starry Nights at Pecos National Historical Park 

Pecos, NM:– Join us for an evening under the wonderful Western sky on Saturday, October 9th.  

At 7:00 p.m. park staff and volunteers from the Santa Fe Stargazers will bring out telescopes and binoculars to gaze at the stars and check out Saturn, Jupiter, and deep-sky objects. Visitors are also invited to bring their own telescopes and spotting scopes to explore the night skies. This event is weather-dependent and red-bulb flashlights and appropriate clothing are strongly recommended. Reservations are required and participation is limited to 40 people. Please call the Visitor Center at 505-757-7241 to make a reservation.  

The park entrance gate will open at 6:00 p.m. and will shut at 7:30 p.m. Please note that after 7:30 no further entry will be permitted.   

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 follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pecos_nps).  

To promote our staff and visitors’ safety, masks are required in all NPS buildings and masks must be worn in outdoors spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Individuals looking to get COVID-19 vaccine can visit vaccines.gov or text their ZIP code to 438829 to find a location close to them and make an appointment.  

From I-25 N: Take the Pecos/Glorieta Exit, #299. Left onto overpass, right onto Route 50; proceed on Route 50 for eight miles. At the village of Pecos, take a right at the four-way stop onto Route 63. In two miles, the visitor center will be on your right. From I-25 S: Take the Rowe Exit, #307. Follow signs. From Highway 63, the visitor center will be on your left.  

Park Offers Last of the Special Hikes to Backcountry Pueblos

Pecos, NM:– Pecos National Historical Park offers the last of two special backcountry hikes for 2021.  

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 Sunday, September 12th.This one-mile roundtrip visit to the 14th century 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 8:30 a.m. and caravan to the trailhead with the ranger.  

Forked Lightning Pueblo  

Forked Lightning Pueblo hike - Old Blue stop
Forked Lightning Pueblo hike – Old Blue stop

Explore the site of the Forked Lightning Pueblo on Saturday, September 11th. 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. Visitors interested in the tour must reserve a spot. 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.  

Please remember to keep your distance. Follow the CDC’s social distancing guidelines and stay at least six feet away from other people. If you are not fully vaccinated, wear a mask indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.  

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).  

From I-25: Due to upcoming road construction, it is recommended that you take the Rowe Exit, #307. Follow signs. From Highway 63, the park will be on your left.  

Park Offers Special Hikes to Backcountry Pueblos

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 Sunday, August 15th.This one-mile roundtrip visit to the 14th century 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 8:30 a.m. and caravan to the trailhead with the ranger.  

Forked Lightning Pueblo  

Forked Lightning Pueblo hike - Old Blue stop
Forked Lightning Pueblo hike – Old Blue stop

Explore the site of the Forked Lightning Pueblo on Saturday, August 14th. 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. Visitors interested in the tour must reserve a spot. 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.  

Please remember to keep your distance. Follow the CDC’s social distancing guidelines and stay at least six feet away from other people. If you are not fully vaccinated, wear a mask indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.  

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).  

From I-25: Due to upcoming road construction, it is recommended that you take the Rowe Exit, #307. Follow signs. From Highway 63, the park will be on your left.  

Night Sky Photography Workshop – August 7, 2021

Introduction to Night Photography – Methods and Practice

7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Stan Ford - Night Sky Photography Workshop at Pecos National Historical Park

Is night photography in a beautiful setting on your learning bucket list? The Friends of Pecos National Historical Park is hosting this unique workshop. Park volunteer Stan Ford will lead an introductory night photography session for a limited number of participants. Participants should plan to bring their own manual mode-enabled cameras, tripods, red-bulb flashlights, and weather-appropriate clothing. Reservations are required and space is extremely limited; please email Stan Ford at fotosbyford@gmail.com to make reservations. The class will cover basic methods of nighttime photography at the Pecos Room by the Visitor Center starting at 7:00 and will be followed by practice at the Church area around 8:00.

The park entrance gate will open at 6:30 p.m. and will shut at 7:00 p.m. Please note that after 7:00 no further entry will be permitted.  NPS/PECO requires the use of masks, regardless of vaccination status, while indoors.

From I-25: Due to upcoming road construction, it is recommended that you take the Rowe Exit, #307. Follow signs. From Highway 63, the park will be on your left. 

Drum-making Demonstrations at Pecos NHP

Join Tomás Herrera of Cochiti Pueblo on June 26th and 27th for a demonstration of how traditional Cochiti-style drums are made! Herrera will showcase his methods and materials, including tools and processes, at the Pecos National Historical Park visitor center between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on both days. 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).  

Dispatches from New Mexico – Wilderness First Aid: 101

The Economic Development Department – Outdoor Recreation Division, is a partner with the Friends of the Pecos National Historical Park. Please enjoy this informative Wilderness First Aid 101 video.

Whether you grew up hiking and hunting or you’re just venturing into the backcountry for the first time this spring, a few basic self-sufficiency skills are just as important as any piece of gear. If you’re more than a few miles or a few hours from medical help, it’s important to know how to deal with some of the most common wilderness injuries. Thankfully, New Mexico is rich in resources to educate all of us on better risk management. Join the Economic Development Department and its Outdoor Recreation Division (ORD) for this month’s Dispatches from New Mexico speaker series. The March event — co-sponsored by Base Medical, Western New Mexico University’s Center for a Sustainable Future and Outdoor Programs, Cottonwood Gulch, and the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps – will educate participants on how to mitigate risk when getting outdoors and the best resources to continue your backcountry education.

The Civil War in New Mexico: Tall Tales and True

The New Mexico Geological Society hosts has hosted an annual fall field conference since 1950. It’s three day technical conference in different part of New Mexico each year. While it’s targeted at geoscience practitioners and highly technical in nature, there are often papers included in the published guidebook that are of general interest. In the 1983 Fall Field Conference in the Socorro area, an excellent paper was published that gives good overview of the Civil War in New Mexico. In light of the fact that we’ve spent the past week looking at the Civil War at the Pecos National Historical Park, this article offers a review of some of what was presented.

The Civil War in New Mexico: Tall Tales and True

Enjoy!

2021 Virtual Civil War Encampment – Presentation Recordings

Thank you for joining the Friends of the Pecos National Historical Park and the Park staff during this past week commemorating the Civil War in New Mexico. As promised, each of the four presentation recordings is now available. They’ve been posted on a permanent webpage , or for your convenience they are listed below. Each recording includes the speaker presentation and the chat window. Enjoy!

Night 1 – The Illinois 29th United States Infantry Colored Troops in the Rio Grande ValleyVideo

Night 2 – Civil War MedicineVideo

Night 3 – Free Land for Free Men”: The Civil War and the Homestead Act of 1862 – Video

Night 4 – Snow, Sheep, and the Santa Fe Trail: The Environmental History of the Battle of Glorieta Pass – Video

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