In addition to the well-known pueblo and mission, the park offers many other connections to Southwestern history and culture, including:
- a stage stop on the Santa Fe Trail
- sites of the furthest west Civil War battle
- New Mexico ranch history
- Route 66 history
- the summer home of Texas oil magnate Buddy Fogelson and his wife, the actress Greer Garson, who developed many important and informative connections with the people and places of northern New Mexico.
Begin at the Visitor Center where you can watch an introductory film, view an excellent museum that covers the region's history and archeology. Before your walk you'll receive a narrative brochure along with a laminated interpretive guide that you take on the ruins trail with you.Be sure to wear sunscreen and bring a water bottle, which you can fill up with chilled water in the Visitor Center.
Pets are allowed on the trails (on a leash), and we have several Junior Ranger programs--one each for pueblo history here at the park, the Santa Fe Trail, and the Wagonmaster program!
When you hike around Pecos NHP, you'll likely come upon many shards and relics, especially from the pueblo. Please note that it is illegal to remove anything from a national park, and so we remind you to leave whatever you may see in place for the enjoyment of future generations.
We also have Civil War Trading Cards, so be sure to ask about that.
Click here and scroll down to "search by state" for a link to national parks in the state of New Mexico. We look forward to your visit to Pecos National Historical Park!