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    Pecos

    National Historical Park New Mexico

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Arrowhead Camp and gas station (near the Arrowhead Ruin at what is now Pecos National Historical Park)
Vintage postcard
 

Q: Is there camping in the park?
A: No, but campgrounds are located in the Santa Fe National Forest just north of the park on NM Highway 63. For more information, contact: Pecos District Ranger Station, Box 429, Pecos, NM 87552 or call (505) 757-6121.
Q: Is the Glorieta Battlefield open to the public?
A: Yes. Please contact the Visitor Center (505-757-7241) for more information about guided van tours and for entry to the battlefield trail.
Q: Where is the Glorieta Battlefield?
A:The Pigeon's Ranch Unit of the Glorieta Battlefield is located on NM 50 approximately four miles northwest of the Visitor Center.
Q: When was the Visitor Center built?
A: Construction of the E.E. Fogelson Visitor Center began in 1983, and the building was opened to the public in August 1984.
Q: What is the park's connection with the actress Greer Garson?
A: Greer Garson Fogelson and her husband Col. E.E. "Buddy" Fogelson owned and operated the Forked Lighting Ranch surrounding the original park property. Over the years, the Fogelsons contributed both financial and physical resources to the park.
Q: What is the difference between a National Historical Park and a National Monument?
A: National Monument:
The Antiquities Act of 1906 authorized the President to declare by public proclamation landmarks, structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest situated on lands owned or controlled by the government to be national monuments
National Historical Park: This designation generally applies to historic parks that extend beyond single properties or buildings. It requires an act of Congress. With the acquisition of the Forked Lighting Ranch and Glorieta Battlefield units, Pecos National Monument became Pecos National Historical Park in 1990.

Q: What is the park's connection with Jemez Pueblo?
A:The descendants of the final residents in Pecos Pueblo now live at Jemez Pueblo. The governing body of the Pecos Pueblo is in close consultation with the Pecos National Historical Park.
Q: What time does the park open and close?
A: In summer, park hours are 8:00 am-6:00 pm (that is, from Memorial Day through Labor Day); in winter the Park hours are 8:00 am-5:00 pm and Visitor Center hours are 8:00 am-4:30 pm (from Labor Day through Memorial Day).
Q: Is the Park on old Route 66?
A: Yes and no. From 1926 to 1937, Route 66 followed the Old Pecos Trail from Santa Rosa through Pecos to Santa Fe. In 1937, the governor of New Mexico lost the re-election. Blaming politicians in Santa Fe he, in a last act of defiance, re-routed Highway 66 to Albuquerque and bypassed Santa Fe (and Pecos) altogether.
Q: Where does the name Pecos come from?
A: The name Pecos first appears in Spanish records in the late 1500s. The name derives from the Keresan word pe'kush and may mean "place where there is water." To the Spanish, the word sounded like "Pecos," and that became the name that was used to refer to the area.
Q: What does "Pueblo" mean?
A: Pueblo is a Spanish word meaning village or town.
Q: Where did the natives get their water?
A:The Glorieta Creek, which runs to the west of the Pueblo, was the primary source of water for the natives. However, numerous springs in and around the Pueblo would have also been used as a water source.
Q: Does the Senior Pass (formerly known as the Golden Age Passport) work at Pecos National Historical Park?
A: Yes. Pecos is a National Park Service Unit and accepts all varieties of the National Pass Program, including the Golden Age Passport/Senior Pass.
Q: Where is the nearest gas station?
A: The village of Pecos has a number of gas stations and the village is located only two miles from the Visitor Center. For information about the services provided in this friendly town, including food and lodging, please click here.
Q: Are there any restaurants nearby?
A: The village of Pecos boasts numerous restaurants to meet the tastes of every visitor. The village is located only two miles from the Visitor Center.
Q: How often do you see rattlesnakes?
A: Rattlesnake sightings are reported two to three times a week during spring, summer and fall months. Generally, rattlesnakes are not aggressive. If you come upon one, give it room to retreat and do not harass it.

 
Rattlesnake by Waleska august 2011 rattle
Prairie rattler crossing road between church ruins and headquarters.
Photo by Glenn Waleska

Did You Know?

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Oscar-winning actress Greer Garson and her husband Col. E.E. Fogelson owned the Forked Lightning Ranch. They donated 300 acres in 1965 for the creation of Pecos National Monument, money in 1983 for construction of the Visitor Center, and land for the designation of Pecos National Historical Park.