Many of us frequently drive by the historic Kozlowski trading post on NM-63 between Pecos and Rowe. For the past year this pink adobe building has been undergoing a transformation, from an idle building alongside the highway to a wonderful new Pecos National Historical Park improvement that will soon be available to the public.
The summer issue of Archaeology Southwest Magazine which features Pecos and includes pieces by Park Archaeologists Jeremy Moss and Kate Scott. Read full pdf version of the magazine.
Pecos, NM:– 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 Monday, December 16th and Las Posadas festivities on Tuesday, December 17th. Both events are free.
Monday, December 16th
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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.
Tuesday, 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 18th century 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.
Please note, these events are almost entirely outdoors; appropriate winter clothing and flashlights are highly recommended.
The Western National Parks Association bookstore, which is located inside the Visitor Center will be open both evenings until 8:00 p.m. The bookstore, which will be offering a holiday sale during both events, features arts and crafts from local artists, a large selection of books, and a new line of educational earth science games.
For more information, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/peco.
Pecos, NM: Beginning August 14th, Pecos National Historical Park will offer fall fishing permits for the Pecos River within the park boundaries. The 2019 fall fishing season will begin September 12th and end November 4th.
For the 2019 fall 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.
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Pecos, NM: Pecos National Historical Park will host the annual Feast Day celebration at Pecos Pueblo on Sunday, August 11th. Join in a time honored tradition as community members from the Pueblo of Jemez and Pecos celebrate Feast Day mass inside the ruins of Our Lady of the Angels ofPorciúncula (Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles de Porciúncula). Following the 9:30 a.m. mass, the Feast Day celebration continues with traditional dancers from the Pueblo of Jemez and fresh rolls from the horno. Dances are expected to begin late morning; photography is permitted.
Feast Day at Pecos Pueblo represents the fulfillment of a long-standing promise. Before leaving Pecos Pueblo in 1838, the last inhabitants of Pecos Pueblo entrusted a special painting to St. Anthony’s Parish. A symbol of the pueblo’s adoption of Christianity as another form of religion, this portrait depicts the patron saint bestowed upon the Mission of Pecos in the 1620s. Every August, Pecos village fulfills its promise to perpetually honor the saint by celebrating a feast day mass in the remains of her final church.
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Pecos, NM:– Join us for an evening under the wonderful Western sky on Saturday, May 4th at Pecos National Historical Park near the 18th century mission church.
Brass Band Music and Night Sky Viewing
7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Kick off the evening with the Santa Fe Brass Quintet as they perform a star-themed 30-minute music session at 7:30! Afterward, park staff will bring out telescopes and binoculars to gaze at the stars and check out Venus, Jupiter, and other planets. 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. No reservations are required, but parking is limited to the first 40 vehicles for this event.
Introduction to Night Photography – Methods and Practice
6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Park volunteer and former Pecos National Historical Park artist-in-residence, 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 call the visitor center at 505-757-7241 to make reservations. The class will cover basic methods of nighttime photography at the Pecos Room by the Visitor Center starting at 6:30 and will be followed by practice at the Church area around 7:30.
The park entrance gate will open at 6:00 p.m. and will shut at 8:00 p.m. Please note that after 8:00 no further entry will be permitted.
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