Park Announces Plans for 2018 Summer Fishing Season

Beginning June 14, 2018, Pecos National Historical Park will be offering fishing permits for interested anglers along the Pecos River within the park boundaries. The 2018 summer fishing season will begin June 14th and end August 6th.

 For the 2018 summer fishing season, Pecos National Historical Park will be switching to an online reservation system.  The new system will be accessible as of May 1st, 2018; 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. 

 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).

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

Trail Improvement Project at Pecos National Historical Park

Pecos mission trail marker 1 - City sightly and strong
Pecos mission trail marker 1 – City sightly and strong

On April 2, 2018, contractors will begin work on the rehabilitation of the Ruins Trail in the Main Unit of Pecos National Historical Park. The trail, which provides access to the ancestral pueblo sites and ruins of the iconic Spanish Mission church, was first installed in 1982.  The resurfacing of the trail will improve visitor safety, provide greater accessibility to those with mobility impairments, address a deferred maintenance backlog, and reduce future maintenance costs.  The entire project should be completed by the end of July 2018.

While some portion of the pueblo and mission church will always be available for viewing, there will be temporary closures along sections of the trail where the contractors are working. Since areas of the trail will close or open according to a shifting project schedule, visitors are requested to stop by the Visitor Center prior to beginning their walk to find out which sections of the trail are currently open.

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).

2018 Civil War Encampment – Schedule of Events

Pecos, NM The annual Civil War Encampment at Pecos National Historical Park will take place Saturday, March 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  This free, family-friendly event will bring to life the experience of the Civil War in New Mexico.  Interact with living history participants, see black powder demonstrations, take a ride on a horse-drawn wagon, and hear speakers share their expertise on life during the Civil War in the West.  Children of all ages can make their own corn husk dolls, paint quilt squares, and play historical games.

2012 Reenactment at El Rancho de las Golondrinas
Photo credit: johnstonarchives.net

ManuelAntonioChaves1In honor of the 156th anniversary of the Battle of Glorieta Pass, the Friends of Pecos National Historical Park will also unveil a bronze plaque commemorating Lieutenant Colonel Manuel Chaves and the contingent of New Mexico volunteers who fought alongside Union regulars and Colorado volunteers in this decisive battle.  The bronze plaque will eventually be affixed to a new New Mexico Volunteers stone monument, which will be located in the Glorieta Unit of Pecos National Historical Park between the extant Texas Volunteer and Colorado Volunteer Monuments.

Please note, all events will take place at Pecos National Historical Park on the grounds of the Forked Lightning Ranch.  Detailed driving directions below.

Schedule of Events:

Black Powder Demonstration

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

See, hear and experience the power of black powder weapons like rifles, cannon and muskets.

 Kids’ activities

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Stop by the arts and crafts tent to try your hand at decorating a corn husk doll, painting quilt squares or testing your skill with Civil War era games. 

 Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides

10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Travel back in time as you enjoy a free horse-drawn wagon ride around the grounds of the historic Forked Lightning Ranch.  The horse rides are a popular attraction, so be sure to arrive early!

Unveiling of Plaque Commemorating New Mexico Volunteers

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Friends of Pecos National Historical Park Vice President Andres Romero will present a brief overview of the contributions of the New Mexico Volunteers during the Battle of Glorieta Pass and the role of the Friends Group in securing a new monument honoring their key contributions in the war effort.

Lecture: “Civil War Era Medicine”

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Discover more about Civil War era medicine with Dr. Bob Mallin.  A Vietnam veteran, historian, and surgeon, Dr. Mallin offers a rare opportunity to see and learn more about the medical and surgical instruments that were used to treat battle wounds in the field.

Reception

12:15 p.m. -1:00 p.m.

Join the Friends of Pecos National Historical Park for light refreshments and the chance to see the newly minted bronze plaque commemorating the New Mexico Volunteers.

 

Lecture: “Civil War in the Southwest”

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Civil War historian Dr. Alwyn Barr presents an overview of the 1862 New Mexico campaign and the conflicts along the Texas coast and lower Rio Grande border with Mexico.  Dr. Barr is an American historian who specializes in African American studies, the American South, the American Civil War, and Reconstruction.   He is a professor emeritus and former chairman of the history department at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

2012 Reenactment at El Rancho de las Golondrinas
Credit: Johnstonarchive.net

Black Powder Demonstration

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

See, hear and experience the power of black powder weapons like rifles, cannon and muskets.

All events are free and open to the public.  Please be sure to check in at the information tent upon arrival to confirm event locations and times.

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).

To reach the grounds of the Civil War Encampment: 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 2.6 miles, the entrance to the encampment field will be on your left. Follow the dirt road east for 0.6 miles to the parking area.  From I-25 S: Take the Rowe Exit, #307. Follow signs. From Highway 63, follow the road for 3 miles.  The entrance to the encampment grounds will be on your right. Follow the dirt road east for 0.6 miles to the parking area.

 

Park Offers Forked Lightning Ranch Open House

Don’t miss your chance to visit one of northern New Mexico’s most iconic locations—the Forked Lightning Ranch.  On Saturday, February 24th, Pecos National Historical Park will open up the Ranch House from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for visitors to explore at their leisure.  The Forked Lightning Ranch, which overlooks a wild stretch of the Pecos River, is steeped in history.  Once home to such notable personalities as rodeo promoter Tex Austin and Hollywood actress Greer Garson, the ranch house transports you back to the formative years of dude ranching in the Southwest.  Rangers and volunteers will be on site to help answer questions and to orient visitors to this architectural gem.

 Please note, space is limited to a total of 30 vehicles.  Access to the ranch is down a 1.5 mile dirt road.  For safety reasons, parking reservations are required. For more information and to make reservations, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241.

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 Twitter (https://twitter.com/pecosnhp) or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pecos_nps).

 

Park Announces Spring Fishing Program 2018

 Beginning March 8, 2018, Pecos National Historical Park will be offering fishing permits for interested anglers along the Pecos River.  The 2018 spring fishing season will run from March 8 through April 16.

Pecos National Historical Park fishing program near Forked Lightning Ranch
Pecos National Historical Park fishing program near Forked Lightning Ranch

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. Two beats (for up to six anglers per day) are available on a reservation system; one beat (for up to three anglers per day) is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please note, a special permit along with a $25 per day fee is required for each angler.  Only credit card payments will be accepted.

Pecos National Historical Park will begin taking reservations on February 26, 2018.  Call the dedicated phone line at (505) 757-7272. Please leave your name, the number of people that will fish (up to 3 per one-mile beat), the date you would like to fish, and contact information including the name and phone number for each person on the reservation. Remember the park is closed to fishing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Reservations are accepted in the order they are received. You will get a confirmation by phone from the fishing permit ranger within a reasonable time.

For more information related to fishing and to make reservations, contact Pecos NHP Fishing Line at (505) 757-7272.  Additional information about the fishing program is available on the park website (https://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm).

 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 Twitter (https://twitter.com/pecosnhp) or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pecos_nps).

Becky Latanich
Chief of Interpretation and Education
Pecos National Historical Park

Park Prescriptions Program Offers Much more than a $50 Prize

 Pecos National Historical Park PrescriptionPark Prescriptions Program participant Cari Anderson is kicking off 2018 in style!  She is the most recent recipient of the Park Prescriptions Program’s quarterly prize drawing. Anderson, who won a $50 Home Depot gift, is a relative newcomer to the program.  She and her canine companion,Falcor, have made a habit of hitting the park trails and are logging three to four miles on a regular basis.

Like many of the other participants in the program, she finds a plethora of benefits from recreating in the park. Anderson said, “I like to walk here because it’s so close to town and I feel safe.”   Pecos National Historical Park Superintendent Karl Cordova echoes her sentiments; “The National Park Service strives to ensure that parks remain relevant to local communities in preserving their heritage, educating their youth and providing opportunities for physical and mental wellness.”

The Park Prescriptions Program was formed in 2017 as part of a partnership between Pecos National Historical Park and the Pecos Valley Medical Center (PVMC) to encourage wellness in the community of Pecos and the surrounding area. The Pecos Park Prescriptions program promotes health and wellness by encouraging and rewarding community members for recreating for free within their national park.  

The next quarterly drawing for the Park Prescriptions Program will take place at the end of March.  Participants must receive 10 punches during the quarter in order to be eligible for the next drawing.  For more information please contact Becky Latanich (Pecos NHP) at (505) 757-7210 or Louella Vigil (Pecos Valley Medical Center) at 505-757-7132