Pilot Fishing Program Closed Until Further Notice
The three miles of the Pecos River inside the park remains closed to public use. Public access to the river inside park boundaries is determined by condition of the resource. Please click "More" to link to the fishing page and additional information. More »
Be sure and take a look at the NPS website designed especially for teachers.
For links that provide ideas for teaching about history, nature, and culture, see the list below.
For reproducible copies of primary documents from the holdings of the National Archives, go to this link. Lectures, demonstrations, analysis of documents, independent research, and group work can become a gateway for research with historical records in ways that sharpen students' skills and enthusiasm for history, social studies, and the humanities when using primary documents.
Teaching with Historic Places is a National Park Service site that uses properties listed in the NPS National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. Visit the link to access lesson plans and other resources to help bring historic places into your classroom.
Did You Know?
From 1821 to 1880, the Santa Fe Trail was a major commerce and travel route from Independence, MO to Santa Fe, NM. The trail took traders many weeks to traverse in often inhospitable conditions. Today visitors to the park can see trail evidence and in the summer months, take a ranger-guided tour of ruts and a structure that was a popular stage stop on the trail.