History & Culture
Between the Sangre de Cristo mountains and the Glorieta mesa lies the Glorieta Pass, through which a continuously unfolding story of human culture has travelled to and from the Pecos Valley for thousands of years.
Pueblo and Plains Indians, Spanish conquerors and missionaries, Mexican and Anglo armies, Santa Fe Trail settlers and adventurers, tourists on the railroad, Route 66 and Interstate 25...the Pecos Valley has long been a backdrop that invites contemplation about where our civilization comes from and where it is going.
Thousands of years of this rich history is preserved for visitors to Pecos National Historical Park.
Did You Know?
Confederate plans to advance west were thwarted at the Battle of Glorieta Pass when Union troops burned Confederate supply wagons at Johnson’s Ranch. Henry Sibley wanted to advance north into the gold mines of Colorado and continue west to put Confederates in control of seaports in California.