Glorieta Pass Battlefield Monument Clean Up

There have been many discussions between Park Superintendent Karl Cordova and Friends President, Bill Zunkel about how to improve the Battlefield monument site on NM 50.  It started with the contributions of the Friends Group to seek funding to erect a stone and bronze monument honoring the brave volunteers of New Mexico who fought in the Battle of Glorieta Pass.  Then discussions of ways to improve the aesthetics of the site, since it was previously surrounded by unmanaged dirt.  Bill Zunkel suggested that enhancing this site with youth would be a win-win activity.  Karl suggested that it would make an excellent Eagle Scout project for our local Boy Scout troop. Karl was able to talk Eagle Scout candidate Ryan Cordova to take on this project. It should be mentioned that he did a biographical report on Manuel Chaves and his role in the Battle while in the 5th grade, Ryan is now going into the 10th grade.  The original plan was to have Ryan and his fellow scouts complete this project in June or July, 2019.
In April, 2019, Pecos NHP was contacted by the National Park Trust asking us to consider hosting a “Kids in the Park” Day along with their Junior Ranger Ambassador, Brian Wilson on May 18.  The National Park Trust is a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization who supports the National Park Service mission in many different ways. One of their new programs is the Junior Ranger Ambassador program, where they select youth from across the country to advocate for kids becoming more involved with parks. Brian was selected due to his visits to over 160 NPS units and level of media attention that follows him and his blog site.  Brian elected to choose Pecos NHP as his first Ambassador program.  There are several requirements from the National Park Trust, and one of them includes Brian participating in a conservation project. At the time that we were asked to participate in Brian’s program, we only had one conservation project that was applicable to kids and this was the Civil War Monument site enhancement project. We had to quickly complete the required compliance and planning and develop a youth oriented conservation day, with Ryan’s help. Park staff assisted the project with procuring and installing a low rock wall and providing some supplies and material. Ryan organized and supervised the labor staff using scouts, leaders and Brian.  Ryan developed a site plan, list of materials and a labor plan to accomplish the project by 1 PM that day.  The goal was met with the hard work and dedication of youth and leaders.
Another requirement of the Junior Ranger Ambassador Day, is that the park and Brian must host fun and educational activities for local and visiting youth. With the cooperation of Brian and his family, the park suggested hosting a raptor education program to be conducted by the New Mexico Wildlife Center, and the New Mexico State Museum staff cooperated by providing a primitive hunting workshop, and traditional jewelry making demonstrations at the park visitor center. These were all accomplished with great success and with very little time for planning and coordinating.  Additionally, a television program “Travels with Darley” requested to capture the conservation project along with an interpretive/on camera ranger presentation to be an upcoming episode on her program. The “Travels with Darley” program airs on PBS and Amazon Prime.

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Park Offers Special Hike to the “Lost” Church

Pecos National Historical Park will offer a hike with Park Archaeologist Jeremy Moss to the site of the Lost Church on Sunday, May 5th. Along the one mile round trip hike to the ruins of the church, also known as the Ortiz Church, you will explore the fascinating history of some of the earliest missionary efforts in Northern New Mexico.  The church, which dates from 1617-1621, was first described and mapped by Adolph Bandelier in 1880.  Much has been learned about this historical treasure since then—come see for yourself!

This two hour program is an off-trail hike along uneven terrain through areas frequented by snakes. Visitors interested in the tour must reserve a spot, as space is limited to 15 participants. Attendees will meet at the Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m.

For more information and to make reservations, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241.

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Pecos NHP Set to Rehabilitate Historic Trading Post

Trading post in Kozlowski’s day

Pecos, NM:  Pecos National Historical Park has been awarded funding to rehabilitate the historic Kozlowski’s Trading Post along Highway 63 in Pecos, NM.  The project, which begins in late February 2019, will transform the building into a visitor contact station, museum, and employee office space.  Weil Construction from Albuquerque, NM, is the General Contractor and is teamed with Avanyu General Contracting of Española and Pat Taylor Historic Preservation of Mesilla, NM, for the rehabilitation phase of the project.  No tax dollars will be used for this project, instead receipts from visitor entrance fees from parks around the country will fund the rehabilitation of this building.

Trading Post today

The Trading Post has a storied past.  A Polish immigrant named Martin Kozlowski originally constructed the Trading Post along the Santa Fe Trail in 1858.  It served as one of the last stage stops before trail-weary travelers arrived in Santa Fe after months on the dusty trail.  During the Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass, this building served as a Union hospital. In 1925, rodeo-promoter and entrepreneur Tex Austin purchased the building and turned it into ranch headquarters for his famous Forked Lightning Ranch.  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.  In 1990, the National Park Service acquired the ranch and Trading Post and used it as office space, until 2006, when the building was deemed unfit for occupancy.

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/PecosNHPnpsor Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pecos_nps).

Old and New Holiday Traditions: Farolito Walk and Las Posadas at Pecos National Historical Park

Join us this December for a two-night holiday event at Pecos National Historical Park. Together with the Friends of Pecos National Historical Park, St. Anthony’s Parish, and Western National Parks Association, the park will offer a Farolito Walk on Sunday, December 16th and Las Posadas festivities on Monday, December 17th.  Both events are free and all parking will be at the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds.  Shuttle transportation is provided.

Farolitos photoFarolito Walk

Sunday, December 16th

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

In response to popular demand, this laid-back evening will offer visitors the opportunity to leisurely take in the magic and ambiance of more than 3500 farolitos. Enjoy the peace and quiet of a winter’s evening as you follow the illuminated 1-mile trail to the Spanish Mission Church and pueblo. Start your visit at the event tent that will be located outside the E.E. Fogelson Visitor Center.  There you will find refreshments, warming stations, and the trailhead. From 6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. the Santa Fe Brass Quintet, a music ensemble of accomplished and dedicated musicians from around the Santa Fe area, will play traditional and contemporary Christmas music.

Las Posadas

Monday, December 17th

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

This evening offers a more traditional Las Posadas experience.  Horse-drawn wagon rides will begin at 5:15 p.m.  The procession will begin at the remnants of the 18thcentury church and convento at 6:00 p.m. and wind down the trail to the visitor center with the group singing traditional hymns and holiday songs in both English and Spanish. More than 3,500 farolitos will illuminate the trail. Free hot beverages and biscochitos will be served at the event tent.

In Spanish, las posadas means “inns” or “shelters,” and represents the journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem and their search for shelter. St. Anthony’s Parish in Pecos carries on this northern New Mexico tradition every December. Pecos National Historical Park will be just one stop during this novena, or nine-day event.

Shuttle service will be more substantial this year to better accommodate the growing number of visitors attending this event. Free visitor parking will be located at the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo Grounds, immediately south of the Village of Pecos, near mile-marker 5 on the west side of Hwy. 63. Limited handicapped parking will be available at the park visitor center. There will be free school bus shuttles to take visitors to and from the park visitor center and parking area. Gates to the parking area open at 4:30 p.m. and buses will begin taking visitors to both events immediately. The last visitor shuttle from the rodeo grounds to the park will leave at 7:00 p.m. There is no other parking available at Pecos National Historical Park.

Please note, these events are almost entirely outdoors; appropriate winter clothing and flashlights are highly recommended.

Turkey Feather Blanket and Yucca Processing Demonstrations at Pecos NHP

Come see for yourselves how the ancestral Puebloans stayed warm as archaeologist Mary Weahkee demonstrates the traditional art of making turkey feather blankets on Wednesday November 14th at 10:00 a.m. at the Pecos National Historical Park Visitor Center. She will showcase the creation, materials, and uses of traditional turkey feather blankets and yucca fiber processing at Pecos National Historical Park. Mary Weahkee, a member of both Santa Clara Pueblo and the Comanche Nation is an Assistant Archaeologist for New Mexico’s Office of Archaeological Studies.

More about Mary Weahkee

For more information, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241.

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Annual Feast Day Celebration at Pecos Pueblo

Pecos National Historical Park will host the annual Feast Day celebration at Pecos Pueblo on Sunday, August 5th

Join in a time honored tradition as community members from the Pueblo of Jemez and

Pecos celebrate Feast Day mass inside the ruins of Our Lady of the Angels of Porciúncula (Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles de Porciúncula). 

Following the 9:30 a.m. mass, the Feast Day celebration continues with traditional dancers from the Pueblo of Jemez and fresh rolls from the horno.

Feast Day at Pecos Pueblo 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.  A symbol of the pueblo’s adoption of Christianity as another form of religion, this portrait depicts the patron saint bestowed upon the Mission of Pecos in the 1620s.  Every August, Pecos village fulfills 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 athttps://www.facebook.com/PecosNHPnps or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pecos_nps).

Night Photography Workshop of 2018 at Pecos National Historical Park

On May 19, the Friends of Pecos National Historical Park will be hosting the first Night Photography Workshop of 2018 at Pecos National Historical Park.  This event is being held in conjunction with an astronomy program hosted by the park.

The workshop will be led by nature photographer, Stan Ford, who served as the Artist-in-Residence at Pecos NHP in 2016.  The session will take place adjacent to the mission and will not include formal instruction.  Stan and Richard Gonzales will be available for assistance.  Photographers should know how to operate their camera in Manual mode and be able to do so in the dark.  Equipment should include a sturdy tripod and red headlamp or flashlight.  A wide-angle lens is recommended.
Space will be limited.  Participants will have approximately two hours, after dark, to shoot.  Anyone interested should contact the park’s visitors center – (505) 757-7241.
You can also fill out this simple form to get on the list.