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 »
Things To Do
On weekends, we offer van tours to the 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 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.
Did You Know?
Pecos National Historical Park is only 26 miles from Santa Fe, the historic capital of New Mexico. Pecos is located on the eastern entrance of the Glorieta Pass. For centuries people have used this pass as a natural route between the Rio Grande Valley and the plains.