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).

Night Photography Session at the Forked Lightning Ranch House – May 29, 2022- 7 PM

The Friends of Pecos NHP and park volunteer Stan Ford will lead a night photography session for a limited number of participants of all levels. Participants should plan to bring their own cameras (with manual mode), tripods, red-bulb flashlights, and weather-appropriate clothing. Reservations are required and space is extremely limited; please contact fotosbyford@gmail.com to register and for more information.  

Upcoming Civil War Virtual Lecture Series

Pecos, NM: Pecos National Historical Park and the Friends of Pecos National Historical Park will host two virtual lectures this March in support of the commemoration of the 1862 Battle of Glorieta Pass. Please note that the programs are free, registration is required, and space is limited.     

Thursday, March 24th  

7:00 p.m.  

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.  

Friday, March 25th  

7:00 p.m.  

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.  

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.  

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 Announces Plans for 2022 Spring Fishing Season

Pecos, NM:  Pecos National Historical Park will offer spring fishing permits for the Pecos River within the park boundaries.  The 2022 spring fishing season will begin March 3rd and end April 11th. Please note that spring fishing hours will be from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  

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.  

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