Pecos NHP Closed to Public Due to Wildfire

Pecos, NM: Pecos National Historical Park will close to the public at 4:30 pm on May 21, 2022, due to nearby wildfire danger. All programs and activities will be indefinitely delayed, and no access to the park will be permitted. Travel around the park will be restricted as firefighters respond to the wildfire. The park management team will reassess and release updated information via press releases, social media, and the park website. For more information about the park contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241 or visit our website at http://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).

2022 Civil War Encampment at Pecos National Historical Park

Pecos, NM: This year’s annual Civil War Encampment at Pecos National Historical Park will be a blend of virtual and in-person events. On Thursday, March 24th and Friday, March 25th the park will co-host online educational programs and discussions. On Saturday, March 26th visitors can join us for a free, family-friendly encampment to bring to life the experience of the Civil War in New Mexico. Interact with living history participants, witness black powder demonstrations, and try your hand at drilling with wooden muskets.  

Schedule of Events:  

Thursday, March 24th 

7:00 p.m. 

Virtual Presentation: Fort Union and the Civil War 

Fort Union was the most important post for the U.S. Army in the Southwest during the Civil War years. Join Fort Union National Monument Park Ranger Mike Weinstein for a conversation about the role of Fort Union–both as a defender of New Mexico and as a target for invading Confederate troops–in the Civil War. Presentation hosted by the Friends of the Pecos National Historical Park. Registration required; see registration information below. 

Friday, March 25th 

7:00 p.m.  

Virtual Presentation: Sam Adams: An African American Civil War veteran and his New Mexican Life 

Hannah Abelbeck, photo archivist in the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives at the New Mexico History Museum, will delve into the life of Samuel Adams. Supported by rich historical photographs, she will examine the experience of an African American Civil War veteran who served with the Colorado Volunteers. Registration required; see registration information below. 

To register for virtual programs, please e-mail peco_visitor_information@nps.gov with your name, phone number and the dates 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. 

Saturday, March 26th 

Civil War Encampment 

Kids’ Activities 

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Stop by the kids’ tent to create and decorate a 19th-century optical illusion toy called a thaumatrope, re-create the Pecos Valley during the Battle of Glorieta with Lincoln Logs, toy soldiers, and horses or have a friendly competition playing the popular Civil War-era game of trap ball.  

Black Powder Demonstration 

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 

See, hear, and experience the power of black powder muskets.  

Living History and Drilling  

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 

Visitors can participate in mock soldiers’ drills with wooden muskets and connect with living history presenters in the encampment field.  

Cannon Firing 

12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. 

Observe the power of Civil War era cannon firing. 

All events are free and open to the public.  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.  

Many thanks to park partners including the Friends of Pecos National Historical Park, Western National Parks Association, the Artillery Company of New Mexico, Volunteers from Living History Unit from Fort Union National Monument for their invaluable help with this event. 

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

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.  

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

Fence Project Planned for Northern Boundary of Pecos National Historical Park

Pecos, NM:  Beginning this week, Pecos National Historical Park staff along with an American Sign Language crew from the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps will begin work on 6,000 feet of fence line along the northern boundary of the park. Crews will be repairing and stabilizing sections of fence, freeing fence line of vegetation, and replacing it with wildlife-friendly fence. Park property boundaries will also be clearly demarcated.

The public can expect to see work crews along the northern boundary of Pecos National Historical Park from the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Posse-Pecos Division Rodeo Grounds all the way out to Glorieta Creek and Old Denver Highway.  Work will take place July 7th through July 28th and then again from August 31st through September 28th.

For more information about the park in general, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241 or visit our website at http://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

Pecos National Historical Park is Beginning to Increase Visitor Services

Pecos National Historical Park Visitor Center
Photo Credit: Stan Ford

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Pecos National Historical Park is increasing recreational access and services. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

 

Beginning June 1, Pecos National Historical Park will offer a staffed outdoor information table in front of the E.E. Fogelson Visitor Center to provide orientation information and answer questions. This service will be available between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

 

Summer fishing permits for the Pecos River within the park boundaries will be available for the summer season (June 11 – August 3). 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.

With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:

  • The E.E. Fogelson Visitor Center and WNPA Bookstore
  • The Forked Lightning Ranch House
  • Access to the kivas along the main unit trail

The park grounds are open 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

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).