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.  

Night Sky Photography Workshop – August 7, 2021

Introduction to Night Photography – Methods and Practice

7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Stan Ford - Night Sky Photography Workshop at Pecos National Historical Park

Is night photography in a beautiful setting on your learning bucket list? The Friends of Pecos National Historical Park is hosting this unique workshop. Park volunteer 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 email Stan Ford at fotosbyford@gmail.com to make reservations. The class will cover basic methods of nighttime photography at the Pecos Room by the Visitor Center starting at 7:00 and will be followed by practice at the Church area around 8:00.

The park entrance gate will open at 6:30 p.m. and will shut at 7:00 p.m. Please note that after 7:00 no further entry will be permitted.  NPS/PECO requires the use of masks, regardless of vaccination status, while indoors.

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. 

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

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

Cancelled: 2020 Feast Day Celebration at Pecos Pueblo

Pecos, NM: Pecos National Historical Park has cancelled this year’s Feast Day at Pecos Pueblo in an effort to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and to adhere to the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Feast Day Procession
Feast Day Procession – 2019

Feast Day at Pecos Pueblo, which usually takes place every August, 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 in the Village of Pecos. This portrait depicts the patron saint bestowed upon the Mission of Pecos in the 1620s. This year would have marked the 50th anniversary of the local community fulfilling its promise to perpetually honor the saint by celebrating a feast day mass in the remains of her final church.

For more information contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241 or visit 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 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