2021 Virtual Civil War Encampment – Schedule of Events

Pecos, NM:  The annual Civil War Encampment at Pecos National Historical Park will take place virtually this year! From Monday, March 22nd to Friday, March 26th, the park will co-host online educational programs and discussions. From Glorieta to Gettysburg and everything in between, this is an event for the whole family! Join us from the comfort of your home as we discuss the lives of African American soldiers, Civil War era medicine, the environmental impact of the war and more! Most virtual events require registration. See below for more details.  

Schedule of Events:  

Monday, March 22  

7:00 p.m. MT  

The Illinois 29th United States Infantry Colored Troops in the Rio Grande Valley  

Join Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park Education and Community Engagement Coordinator Jorge Hernández live on Zoom for the screening of the new short film: The Illinois 29th United States Colored Troops in the Rio Grande Valley. Following the Confederate surrender at Appomattox, African American soldiers of the Illinois 29th USCT continued their military service in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. There the fight for freedom and equality took on a different meaning and experience. Ranger Hernández will introduce the video and host a live question and answer session afterward. Research for this film was funded by a grant from the National Park Foundation. Hosted by the Friends of the Pecos National Historical Park. Registration required; see registration information below.  

Tuesday, March 23  

7:00 p.m. MT                                                          

Civil War Medicine  

Join Fort Scott National Historic Site Park Ranger Barak Geertsen for an interactive Zoom program about Civil War medicine. Participants will learn how Fort Scott provided care to the sick and wounded, discover aspects of medical treatments of the time and compare them to modern methods, and discover how many medical items at the time were used in diagnosing and curing illness. Hosted by the Friends of the Pecos National Historical Park.  Registration required; see registration information below.  peco_visitor_information@nps.gov

Wednesday, March 24  

7:00 p.m. MT  

“Free Land for Free Men”: The Civil War and the Homestead Act of 1862  

Homestead National Historical Park’s historian Jonathan Fairchild will explore the interconnected story of the Homestead Act of 1862 and the Civil War via a live Zoom program. He will share the events and legislation that led up to both the Civil War and the passage of the Homestead Act, which granted 270 million acres of free land in 30 states across the country. The program will also examine the impact and legacy of that law on Civil War veterans. Hosted by the Friends of the Pecos National Historical Park. Registration required; see registration information below.  peco_visitor_information@nps.gov

Thursday, March 25  

7:00 p.m. MT                                          

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

History isn’t made by humans alone. New Mexico’s unique flora, fauna, climate, and geography played a decisive role in the Battle of Glorieta Pass, one of the westernmost contests of the American Civil War. The battle took place in 1862 along the Santa Fe Trail, a crucial agent of environmental change, which funneled soldiers, settlers, livestock, and trade caravans into the Pecos Valley. Join National Trails historian Guy McClellan for this Zoom program as he unpacks some of the non-human forces at work during “the Gettysburg of the West.”  Hosted by the Friends of Pecos National Historical Park. Registration required; see registration information below.  peco_visitor_information@nps.gov

Friday, March 26  

7:00 p.m. MT  

“The Gettysburg of the West?” 

Tune in as Gettysburg National Military Park’s Chief of Interpretation Christopher Gwinn and Pecos National Historical Park volunteer Dr. Claudia Floyd engage in a friendly debate over whether the Battle of Glorieta Pass was truly the “Gettysburg of the West”. Hosted by the Gettysburg Foundation. Link to the program will be available on www.facebook.com/PecosNHPnps and www.facebook.com/GettysburgVisitorCenterNo registration required.  

To register for programs hosted by the Friends of the Pecos NHP, please e-mail peco_visitor_information@nps.gov with your name, phone number and the topics of the lectures for which you would like to register. Registration must be received no later than noon the day of the event. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with a link to join the presentation. We have a limited number of available slots, so please register early. If you have any questions, please call 505-757-7272.  

Many thanks to park partners, including the Friends of the Pecos National Historical Park and the Gettysburg Foundation for hosting these educational events. For more information about the park in general, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/pecoYou 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 follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pecos_nps)

Trading Post continuous well data recorder installation

During November and December 2020, the Friends of the Pecos National Historical Park, NPS/PECO park staff, and NM Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources have been working together to install a continuous well data recorder in the recently drilled Trading Post water well.

During the recent trading post renovation and restoration project, a replacement water well was drilled to replace the previous contaminated well.

During the past three years, Friends president, David Lemke, has been working on an independent water well monitoring with the NM Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources’ Aquifer Mapping Program, Collaborative Well Network. The Park has granted access to some of the water wells on their various properties at the Glorieta Battlefield and Forked Lightning Ranch. Each of these wells are visited on an annual basis to measure top of water with the intention of ongoing monitoring water levels in the Upper Pecos water basin. This monitoring program is a first of its kind in the Pecos/Glorieta area. The new Trading Post well (UP-04746) was drilled under the supervision of Glorieta Geoscience, Inc. The quality of their technical work made this well an appealing candidate for inclusion in the Aquifer Mapping Program’s continuous monitoring network.

A continuously monitored water well has a vanEssen Instruments TD-Diver submersible datalogger installed in the well bore. This datalogger provides long-term uninterrupted, real-time water level monitoring using a pressure sensor to calculate total water depth.

  • Pecos National Historical Park Trading post well
  • Pecos National Historical Park Trading post well logger installation
  • Pecos National Historical Park Trading post well logger installation
  • Pecos National Historical Park Trading post well logger installation
  • Pecos National Historical Park Trading post well logger installation
  • Pecos National Historical Park Trading post well logger installation
  • Trading post well logger installation

If you have a domestic water well in the Pecos/Rowe/Glorieta area and interested in more information about the Aquifer Mapping Program, or would like to have your domestic water well included in the Upper Pecos Basin Collaborative Well Network, contact David Lemke.

Kozlowski Trading Post Renovation Project at the Park

Travelers driving highway NM-63 between Pecos and Rowe will see the iconic mandarin orange and blue trimmed adobe historic Kozlowski Trading Post on Forked Lightning Ranch at the Glorieta Creek crossing.  The close observer will have noticed a transformation over the past couple of years.

In early 2019, the Pecos National Historical Park was awarded funding for a rehabilitation and partial restoration project of the Trading Post.  Work was planned to provide a visitor contact station at the park, a museum, and employee office space.  The project was funded through visitor entrance fees from parks around the country. The Park Service partnered with Weil Construction of Albuquerque, Avanyu General Contracting of Española and Pat Taylor Historic Preservation of Mesilla NM.  Primary rehabilitation and restoration work were completed in June 2020.  Additionally, a new 400 ft water well was drilled to replace the previous well that had become contaminated.  Plans and work are underway to open the Trading Post to the visiting public.  Exhibit design, which includes refining of display content and fabrication of exhibits are in progress.  The hopes are that this work will be completed during the Winter 2021-2022.

Historical restoration work at the Trading Post was limited to restoring the gate entrance to its historic size during the Tex Austin ranching days in the 1920s.

Photo credit: NPS PECO

Dating back to 1810, past travelers started using the crossing at Glorieta Creek as a rest camp.  In 1821, when the Santa Fe Trail was established, it became a regular stopover camp.  In those days, water flowed and fish were plentiful in the Creek.  It wasn’t until 1858, when Polish immigrant Martin Kozlowski and his wife Ellene, using his military service 160-acre government bounty land warrant to purchase 600 acres, settled there and the trading post was established.  This trading post was part of a growing enterprise including a stage station.  During the Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass, this building served as a Union hospital. The arrival of the Acheson Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad in 1880 rendered the Santa Fe Trail obsolete and Kozlowski’s Trading Post less relevant.  The property stayed in the Kozlowski family until the 1920s when it was lost due to failure to pay taxes.

In 1925, rodeo-promoter and entrepreneur “Tex” Austin purchased 6000 acres of Pecos Pueblo land grant, the building, and turned it into ranch headquarters for his famous Forked Lightning Ranch. The one historical restoration in this project restored the courtyard opening back to “Tex” Austin days.   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. After Greer Garson’s death, the property was sold to the Conservation Fund in 1991, then donated to the National Park Service.  The Trading Post was used it as office space until 2005, when the building was deemed unfit for occupancy. 

Enjoy some in progress, before and after comparison photos taken during the project.

  • Kozlowski trading post at Pecos National Historical Park
Photo credit: NPS PECO

Photo credit: NPS PECO

Photo credit: NPS PECO

Stan Ford Wins Photo of the Year

The Friends of the Pecos National Historical Park congratulate Stan on winning the Photo of the Year Award from the Doña Ana Photography Club. Stan Ford was the Artist in Residence at the Pecos National Historical Park in 2016. Since then Stan has taught several Night Sky Photography workshops at the Mission and the Forked Lightning Ranch House. Much of the photography featured on our website, and the NPS/Pecos website are contributed by Stan. If you attend any of the Park’s various annual events, like Civil War Encampment or Las Posadas, you will find Stan, with camera in hand, creating a photographic documentary of the day.

Were looking forward to seeing Stan at another workshop in 2021.

Stan’s photography can be found at www.fotosbyford.com

Stan Ford wins Photo of the Year 2020

Congratulations Stan!

Prescribed Burn Planned at Pecos National Historical Park

Pecos, NM– Pecos National Historical Park is planning to implement a prescribed burn project that will begin when conditions allow anytime from early November and through the end of winter. The pile burn project, encompassing approximately 10 acres, is located along Highway 63 between the park entrance road and the Village of Pecos within areas that have been previously thinned and where materials have been piled. The burn operation is expected to be completed in one day and is not expected to necessitate road closures. Implementation is dependent upon on weather and fuel conditions.  

The purpose of this burn will be to reduce hazardous fuels and the chance for future high-intensity fire.  

Smoke from the burn may be visible from Pecos, Rowe, I-25, and surrounding public lands. Smoke can linger a few days after the burn.  

A final decision on whether to proceed with the prescribed burn will depend on multiple conditions, including the national wildland fire preparedness level and resource availability, fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather. The NPS will also take a risk-informed approach to managing prescribed fire during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Prescribed fire is part of a science-based framework for managing pinyon-juniper forests in the park to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire and allow low-intensity fire to play its natural role in a frequent-fire ecosystem. Every prescribed burn is designed to meet specific objectives and will be managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.  

The NPS manages prescribed fires in compliance with New Mexico state regulations on air quality and smoke management. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website. Information on the Forest Stewards Guild’s HEPA Filter Loan Program is available here.  

All fire updates will be posted on the park’s website, Facebook page and New Mexico Fire Information website.  

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).  

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 park will be on your right. From I-25 S: Take the Rowe Exit, #307. Follow signs. From Highway 63, the park will be on your left.  

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Becky Latanich
Pecos National Historical Park
Chief of Interpretation and Education
PO Box 418
Pecos, NM 87552
(505)757-7210

Comprehensive Youth-oriented Fly Fishing Education Program in Pecos

Pecos, NM: Friends of the Pecos National Historical Park is pleased to announce our selection as a finalist for the 2020 Outdoor Equity Fund.

The Friends Comprehensive Youth-oriented Fly Fishing Education Program will teach rural community middle and high school age children of the Pecos area

Pecos school kids at Lisboa Fish Hatchery

conservation and river ecology through the sport of fly fishing.  The program will provide an in-depth learning of the sport of fly fishing and incorporate the importance of climate change, resource conservation, river stewardship and ecology on the ecosystem that impacts New Mexico native, wild and stocked trout species.  With the partnership of the Pecos Independent School District, Truchas Chapter Trout Unlimited, the National Park Service and New Mexico Game & Fish Angler Education, the program will combine classroom and outdoor recreational activities throughout the school year, culminating in fly fishing outings at various local publicly accessible areas on the Pecos River.

The New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Division (ORD), a division of the N.M. Economic Development Department (EDD), announced the inaugural award recipients of the Outdoor Equity Fund (OEF). The first-of-its-kind OEF was created to allow all youth equitable access to the outdoors. The grant will support transformative outdoor experiences that foster stewardship and respect for New Mexico’s land, water, and cultural heritage

The Friends of the Pecos National Historical Park is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and assisting the mission of the park.  For more information, visit our website at www.friends-pnhp.org, or on Facebook www.facebook.com/PNHPfriends.

Park Announces Plans for 2020 Fall Fishing Season

Pecos, NM:  Pecos National Historical Park will offer fall fishing permits for the Pecos River within the park boundaries.  The 2020 fall fishing season will begin September 10th and end November 2nd. Please note that fall fishing hours will be from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Pecos National Historical Park Fishing program
Photo Credit: David Lemke

 Pecos National Historical Park uses 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 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/PecosNHPnps or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pecos_nps).

 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 park will be on your right. From I-25 S: Take the Rowe Exit, #307. Follow signs. From Highway 63, the park will be on your left.

Becky Latanich
Pecos National Historical Park
Chief of Interpretation and Education
PO Box 418
Pecos, NM 87552
Teleworking M-F (505) 699-8486

National Park Service’s Pueblo Parks Group to Lift Stage 2 Fire Restrictions Wednesday

Los Alamos, Watrous, Pecos, Jemez Springs – New Mexico – Due to several days of higher humidity and rain, Bandelier National Monument, Fort Union National Monument, Pecos National Historical Park and Valles Caldera National Preserve will lift fire restrictions at 8:00 am on July 29, 2020.

“Even though the monsoons have begun, we’re still in drought conditions,” said Valles Caldera National Preserve Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos. “We ask that visitors continue to take appropriate precautions while enjoying our national parks and national forests,” he added.

Several criteria are used to determine when to implement fire restrictions, including fire activity levels, current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, and the availability of firefighting resources. Fire restriction criteria are routinely evaluated and restrictions could be upgraded or downgraded at any time. Therefore, visitors should check the parks’ websites for alerts prior to their visit.

Know before you go. Fire restrictions in New Mexico can be found at www.firerestrictions.us/nm and fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com.

Becky Latanich

Pecos National Historical Park
Chief of Interpretation and Education
PO Box 418
Pecos, NM 87552
Teleworking M-F (505) 699-8486