Things To Do

Ruins trail near partially excavated kiva

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

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Current (winter) visitor center hours: 8:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Guided tour information (or call the Visitor Center at 505-757-7241). There is an additional $2.00 fee for the van tours, and a reservation is strongly recommended as seating is limited.

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.

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 (we recommend that you allow at least an hour for the main loop trail walk). You'll be provided with a thorough interpretive guide 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.

Fishing at the park

The Visitor Center features:

  • museum exhibits with text in English and Spanish
  • a bookstore with gift shop
  • a 12-minute introductory film

There are picnic areas near the mission ruins and at the Visitor Center.

horned toad

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.

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Pecos NHP is home to a wide variety of habitats that attract more than 100 species of birds.

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