The holiday season is always a cheerful time of the year! Pecos National Historical Park is no exception as we traditionally host two special holiday events each year: Las Posadas and Farolito Walk. Park staff and volunteers help with the assembling and the lining of farolitos along the Ancestral Sites Trail and inside the 1717 Spanish Mission Church.
If you are new to New Mexico, you may be wondering what are farolitos. Farolitos are small, sand-filled lanterns that line a roadway, trail, or rooftop of a building. The word farolito comes from the Spanish word farol, meaning “lantern.”
The Farolito Walk is a laid-back evening that offers visitors the opportunity to leisurely take in the magic and ambiance of more than 3500 farolitos. Enjoy the peace and quiet of a winter’s evening as you follow the illuminated 1-mile trail to the Spanish Mission Church and pueblo. Start your visit at the E.E. Fogelson Visitor Center area where an event tent may be set up with free hot beverages and biscochitos for you to enjoy.
In Spanish, las posadas means “inns” or “shelters,” and represents the journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem and their search for shelter. St. Anthony’s Parish in Pecos carries on this northern New Mexico tradition every December. Pecos National Historical Park will be just one stop during this novena, or nine-day event.
Last updated: February 3, 2023