If you plan on hiking any of our trails, please remember to hike smart! Following the five steps below can ensure you stay happy and healthy as you hike!
- Stay Hydrated—water or electrolytes
- Carry Food—salty foods especially
- Wear Appropriate Clothing—jackets, gloves, hats, rain jackets/ponchos
- Carry a First Aid Kit
- Wear Sunscreen
Ancestral Sites Trail1.25 mile/2 km roundtrip loop
Difficulty: Easy (mostly paved)
Elevation Change: 80 ft/23 m
The trail starts right behind the visitor center. It gives you a glimpse into the past as you pass by the ancestral sites of the Pecos Pueblo and the mission church. You will also enjoy beautiful vistas of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Glorieta Mesa as you venture around the trail. Trail guides are available to borrow or for purchase at the visitor center.
Glorieta Battlefield Trail2.25 mile/3.6 km roundtrip loop
Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous (unpaved/gravel)
Elevation Change: 500 ft/152 m
The trailhead is a 7.5 mile drive from the visitor center. Winding through a forested area, gives you a detailed look into the Civil War in New Mexico. As you walk around the trail, you will see wayside signs about the battle. Additional trail markers are along the trail that correspond with a trail guide. Trail guides are available for purchase at the visitor center.