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.
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.
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).