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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 »



Leashed pets are allowed on trails. Pets are not permitted inside public buildings with the exception of service animals on a leash.


Heat can be deadly for pets. Car temperatures rise quickly in the sun, even on cool days. If you leave a pet in a car, crack the windows as much as possible and leave water to drink. We recommend you not leave pets in the car at all, even with the windows cracked, when temperatures are above 68 degrees.

Please remember when you bring your pets to the park:

  • Keep your pet on a leash on the trails and under control*
  • Clean up after your pet and dispose of waste in a trash receptacle
  • Bring plenty of water for yourself and pet
  • Ensure your pet never chases wildlife or digs holes
  • NEVER leave your pet unattended, tied to an object, or in a car without ventilation or water**

*Why must pets be on a leash inside the boundaries of Pecos National Historical Park?

For your pet's safety (vehicles in the parking lot, other animals).

For the safety of others (many visitors are uneasy around loose pets; please respect the rights of others who may have a fear of your pet--even a friendly one).

For the protection of wildlife (unleashed pets chase birds and other wildlife).

**Remember, there is very little shade on the Ruins Trail and pets are not allowed in buildings, so please bring plenty of water!

Showdown at Koslowski's Corral
Civil War Weekend: Showdown at Kozlowski's Trading Post.
Photo by Sarah Blatter

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.