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Things To Do

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Trail sign in winter, when you don't have to worry about snakes.

Photo by Eric Valencia

The winter tour schedule (Labor Day through Memorial Day) features van trips to:

Arrowhead Ruin on Fridays at 1:30 p.m.;
Glorieta Pass Battlefield on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m.; and the
Forked Lightning Ranch House on Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

Reservations are strongly advised for all van tours (call 505-757-7241).

Reservations for tour groups and school groups should be made two weeks before visit.

If you'd like to see the park on your own, you can walk a 1.25 mile self-guided trail through Pecos pueblo and the mission ruins. 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.

For more guided tour and daily activity specifics, please click here.

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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.
NPS Image
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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?

kidder at pecos

Archeologist A.V. Kidder excavated Pecos Pueblo under sponsorship of Phillips Academy 1915-1929. Kidder's work was described by Richard B. Woodbury as unprecedented in North American archeology with focus on a single site, large scale, planning, organization and use of specialists outside archeology.