Pecos National Historical Park is located at nearly 7,000 feet in altitude in the high desert region of Northern New Mexico. Please know your limits at this high desert altitude. We recommend that you wear clothing appropriate to the season, bring plenty of water, stop for a snack or lunch at one of the picnic tables, wear comfortable shoes, and put on plenty of sunscreen. Specific daily Pecos weather information may be accessed at this link: http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/weather.htm.
Begin at the Visitor Center, where you can watch an introductory film or 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.