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    National Historical Park New Mexico

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  • 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 »

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Park facilities staff (Frank Archuleta and Joseph Dalton) put finishing touches on new wayside at position 1 on the Ruins Trail, one of the examples of your fee dollars at work at Pecos National Historical Park.

Photo by Christine Beekman

When you arrive at Pecos National Historical Park (Visitor Center hours from now through Memorial Day are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; park gates close at 5:00 p.m.), you'll find true crossroads of cultural, natural and historical resources. Call the Visitor Center (505-757-7241) for general and tour information.

In addition to the pueblo ruins, you may explore the complexities of Spanish colonialism; learn about the ancient travel route through the Glorieta Pass; see a Santa Fe Trail stage stop; find out about a Civil War battle; ask about the storied Forked Lightning Ranch on park grounds, with its connections to everyone from architect John Gaw Meem to rodeo entrepreneur Tex Austin to Academy Award-winning actress Greer Garson, and more.

Entrance to Pecos National Historical Park is $3.00 for individuals 16 years of age and older.

For those who will visit frequently, or local citizens, there is a Pecos National Historical Park entry pass that costs $10.00 annually (see below).

And don't forget about the nine days in 2014 when all 401 national parks invite visitors in for no charge. The remaining fee-free day is:

  • November 11th – Veterans Day

Special Use Permit Applications-
10-930 Application for Special Use Permit
10-930S Application for Special Use Permit

10-931 SPU Commercial Filming/Still Photography
10-932 SPU Commercial Filming/Still Photography

For more information about National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes, please click here.

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2014 Annual Pass
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2014 Pecos annual pass
2014 Annual Pecos NHP Pass
You may buy a park-specific annual pass that costs $10 and allows the holder and three other people into the park for free. Many local and nearby residents purchase this one because they make frequent visits to Pecos NHP.
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Did You Know?

Buffalo picture in Lopez de Gomara history, 1554

This bison portrait, drawn in 1554, comes from the Lopez de Gomara history. The Spanish were struck by the size and power of the animals. Much later, on the Santa Fe Trail, bison were at first a major point of interest to travelers and soon became a commodity (prized for their hides) and were slaughtered by the thousands.