Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service, enriches America's national parks and programs through private support, safeguarding our heritage and inspiring generations of national park enthusiasts.
A nonprofit education partner of the National Park Service, the Western National Parks Association supports 67 parks across the West, including one at the E.E. Fogelson Visitor Center at Pecos NHP, developing products, services, and programs that enrich the visitor experience.
Student Conservation Association
The SCA's mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.
Santa Fe Trail Association
The Santa Fe Trail Association is a national organization dedicated to preserving resources and fostering public awareness and appreciation of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail.
Santa Fe National Historical Trail
Crossing the five states of Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and New Mexico, the Santa Fe National Historical trail covers roughly 900 miles. There are museums, historic sites, wagon wheel ruts, and original trail segments located along the length of the trail. Pecos NHP has Santa Fe trail ruts, a stage station, and more. There are 19 trails across the country that the regional NPS trails programs serve, hoping to connect citizens with trail stories important to America's heritage.
Fort Union National Monument
Fort Union is only about one hour's drive from our door to theirs. If you have an interest in the Santa Fe Trail, western settlement, or U.S. military history, the site is worth a visit.
In April 1851, Lt. Col. Edwin V. Sumner, commanding Military Department No. 9, was under orders "to revise the whole system of defense" in the New Mexico Territory. He moved the Union supply depot from Santa Fe, which he called "that sink of vice and extravagance," to a site near the Mountain and Cimarron branches of the Santa Fe Trail. From 1851-1891, Fort Union functioned as an agent of political and cultural change in New Mexico and throughout the Southwest.