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Date: March 16, 2017
Contact: Visitor Center, 505-757-7241
Contact: Becky Latanich, 505-757-7210

2017 Civil War Encampment – Schedule of Events

Pecos, NM:  The annual Civil War Encampment at Pecos National Historical Park will take place Saturday, March 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This free, family-friendly event will bring to life the experience of the Civil War in New Mexico. Interact with living history participants, see black powder demonstrations, take a ride on a horse-drawn wagon, and hear speakers share their expertise on life during the Civil War in the West.  Children of all ages can make their own weavings, paint kazoos, create pine cone turkeys and play historical games.
Schedule of Events:
           
Black Powder Demonstrations
Three 30-minute black powder demonstrations (10:00 a.m, 1:45 p.m., 3:00 p.m.) will allow visitors to see, hear and experience the power of black powder weapons like rifles, canon, and muskets. This activity takes place at the Encampment Field.
 
Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides
10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Travel back in time as you enjoy a free horse-drawn wagon ride between the visitor center and encampment area. The horse rides are a popular attraction, so be sure to arrive early! This activity takes place at the Encampment Field and the Visitor Center.
 
Lecture: “The Civil War in the New Mexico Territory”
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Civil War historian John Taylor presents an overview of the Southwestern Campaign and the Confederate army’s grand vision of invading New Mexico and establishing a Western Confederacy. This is the story of that invasion, its major battles at Valverde and Glorieta Pass, and the consequences, some of which lasted well beyond the actual fighting in 1862. This lecture will take place in the Kiva Theater at the Visitor Center.
 
Lecture: “The Long March”
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
The Civil War battle of Apache Canyon and Glorieta Pass, New Mexico, was the culmination of two epic marches — a 700-mile march by Col. Henry Hopkins Sibley’s brigade of Texans and Col. John P. Slough’s regiment of Coloradans, who marched 400 miles from Denver. They violently clashed on March 26 and 28, 1862, in a battle that some historians have called the "Gettysburg of the West”––a battle that resulted in a Union victory and prevented the West from ever being threatened again by Confederate forces. Flint Whitlock, author of the award-winning Distant Bugles, Distant Drums: The Union Response to the Confederate Invasion of New Mexico, will present a lively program that outlines this pivotal engagement that has become an important part of New Mexico––and Civil War––history. This lecture will take place in the Kiva Theater at the Visitor Center.
 
Kids’ activities
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Stop by the arts and crafts tent to try your hand at making your own small weaving. Create pine cone turkeys and paint wooden kazoos. Test your skill with Civil War era games like trap ball and quoits and hang out in the kids only army tent!  These activities will take place in the Encampment Field.
 
All events are free and open to the public. Please be sure to check with the greeters upon arrival to confirm event locations.

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Date: March 9, 2017
Contact: Visitor Center, 505-757-7241

2017 Civil War Encampment

Pecos, NM
: Save the date!  Pecos National Historical Park would like to invite the public to participate in this year’s Civil War Encampment on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Learn about the life of Civil War soldiers in New Mexico, interact with living history participants, see black powder demonstrations, take a ride on a horse-drawn wagon, and hear speakers share their expertise on life during the Civil War in the West.  Participate in kids’ activities and arts and crafts such as mini-looms, creating pine cone turkeys, personalizing kazoos, and playing historical games. 

With the support of our friends group, Friends of Pecos National Historical Park, this year’s event will be a free event and held near the main Visitor Center of the park.  A detailed schedule of events will be released at a further date.  

For more information about the park in general, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/peco. You will also find our listings on the New Mexico True website (newmexico.org) and Tourism Santa Fe (santafe.org). Please like on us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PecosNHPnps or follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/pecosnhp) or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pecos_nps).

From I-25 N: Take the Pecos/Glorieta Exit, #299. Left onto overpass, right onto Route 50; proceed on Route 50 for eight miles. At the village of Pecos, take a right at the four-way stop onto Route 63. In two miles, the park will be on your right. From I-25 S: Take the Rowe Exit, #307. Follow signs. From Highway 63, the park will be on your left.

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Date: February 10, 2017
Contact: Becky Latanich, (505) 757-7241

Dark Sky Photography at Pecos National Historical Park

Pecos, NM: Pecos National Historical Park will offer a free night photography session with park noted volunteer park photographer Stan Ford on February 25th. This evening program will explore the methods and practice of nighttime photography. Visitors interested in the tour are advised to reserve a spot as space is limited to 10 attendees.
 
Attendees will meet at the Visitor Center at 5:00 p.m. and learn techniques before walking or driving to the church. The program will end at 8:00 p.m. Attendees should plan to bring a red-bulb flashlight, their own camera equipment, adequate clothing for a winter night in Northern New Mexico, and water or snacks.
 
For more information and to make reservations, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241.
 
You will also find our listings on the New Mexico True website (newmexico.org) and Tourism Santa Fe (santafe.org). Please like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PecosNHPnps or follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/pecosnhp) or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pecos_nps).
 
From I-25 N: Take the Pecos/Glorieta Exit, #299. Left onto overpass, right onto Route 50; proceed on Route 50 for eight miles. At the village of Pecos, take a right at the four-way stop onto Route 63. In two miles, the park will be on your right. From I-25 S: Take the Rowe Exit, #307. Follow signs. From Highway 63, the park will be on your left.
 

 

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Date: February 10, 2017
Contact: Becky Latanich, (505) 757-7241

Park Announces Spring Fishing Season for 2017
 
Pecos, NM:– Beginning March 9, 2017, Pecos National Historical Park will be offering fishing permits for interested anglers along the Pecos River. The 2017 spring fishing season will run from March 9 through April 17.
 
Within the park, three miles of the Pecos River are divided into three sections or "beats." This approach offers anglers roughly one mile on the Pecos River to fish with up to two other people for the day. Two beats (for up to six anglers per day) are available on a reservation system; one beat (for up to three anglers per day) is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note, a special permit along with a $25 per day fee is required for each angler. Only credit card payments will be accepted.
 
Pecos National Historical Park will begin taking reservations on February 27, 2017. Call the dedicated phone line at (505) 757-7272. Please leave your name, the number of people that will fish (up to 3 per one-mile beat), the date you would like to fish, and contact information including the name and phone number for each person on the reservation. Remember the park is closed to fishing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
 
Reservations are accepted in the order they are received. You will get a confirmation by phone from the fishing permit ranger within a reasonable time.
For more information related to fishing and to make reservations, contact Pecos NHP Fishing Line at (505) 757-7272. Additional information about the fishing program is available on the park website (https://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm).
 
For more information about the park in general, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/peco. You will also find our listings on the New Mexico True website (newmexico.org) and Tourism Santa Fe (santafe.org). Please like on us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PecosNHPnps or follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/pecosnhp) or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pecos_nps).
 
From I-25 N: Take the Pecos/Glorieta Exit, #299. Left onto overpass, right onto Route 50; proceed on Route 50 for eight miles. At the village of Pecos, take a right at the four-way stop onto Route 63. In two miles, the park will be on your right. From I-25 S: Take the Rowe Exit, #307. Follow signs. From Highway 63, the park will be on your left.
 

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Mailing Address:

Pecos National Historical Park
P.O. Box 418

Pecos, NM 87552

Phone:

(505) 757-7241
The Visitor Center phone is answered during park hours. It's a good number to call for general inquiries and also to make reservations on any of the park ranger-guided van tours.

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