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    National Historical Park New Mexico

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Things To Do

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Ruins trail looking toward archeology site, #6 on self-guided interpretive tour, on the right.

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The winter tour schedule, from Labor Day through Memorial day, is 8:00a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the Visitor Center; the park gate closes at 5:00 p.m. For more guided tour and daily activity specifics, please click here or call the Visitor Center (505-757-7241) for tour and general information.

On weekends, we offer van tours to the Arrowhead Ruin (Fridays at 1:30), Civil War sites (Saturdays at 1:30) and the Forked Lightning Ranch (Sundays at 1:30). There is an additional $2.00 fee for the van tours, and a reservation is strongly recommended as seating is limited.

If you'd like to see the Pecos pueblo and mission church on your own
, at any time during park hours you can walk a 1.25 mile self-guided trail. You'll be provided with a well-marked tour brochure that will explain the sights.

There's also a 2.3 mile Civil War Battlefield Trail; sign in at the Visitor Center and rangers will provide you with a gate code for access to the trail, and you can also purchase a self-guided interpretive trail map for $2.00.

The Visitor Center features museum exhibits with text in English and Spanish, a bookstore with gift shop, and a 12-minute introductory film available in either English or Spanish.

There's a picnic area near the mission ruins, and also one at the Visitor Center.

The summer tour schedule, which runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, features a ranger-guided ruins tour Monday-Friday at 10 am. There are no reservations required.

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Biscuits baked in the horno near the mission church after annual Feast Day, first Sunday in August.
Photo by Samuel Beetler
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Bringing field glasses here is a good idea! Pecos NHP is home to a wide variety of habitats that attract more than 100 species of birds.
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Horned lizard on park grounds. Why have they been hard to find of late? Natural predators, development, even fire ants have made them more scarce--but the good news is, we are beginning to see "horny toads" again. Spiny, strange, and well-liked, perhaps their numbers are on the rise.
Photo by Shawn Lingo

Did You Know?

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The Santa Fe Trail passed through Apache Canyon for 60 years; the railroad did not wend its way through the narrow gap until 1880.