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Pecos National Historical Park, Pecos

#8 of 84 in Nature in New Mexico
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Pass through centuries of American history at Pecos National Historical Park. Tour the remains of Indian pueblos, evidence of some 400 years of settlement here by Native Americans, who traded pottery for copper and seashells. Look for the remains of a church built by Spanish explorers, who went on to occupy the area for 200 years. Continue through the park to see the Civil War battlefield where Confederate and Union troops clashed at the Battle of Glorieta Pass. Stop by the visitor's center beforehand to receive maps and a full history on the rich park. Bring plenty of water. Put Pecos National Historical Park into our Pecos trip itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Pecos.
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  • For a small park this has a great visitor center. The design and displays were very good. That in large part is due to the generosity of WWII era actress Greer Carson who owned a ranch nearby and dona...  more »
  • Take the short detour off I -25 to see the ruins in Pecos. The park closes at 4:30 sharp so allow yourself an hour to see the ruins and the old church. Lots of history to see here and the place is fre...  more »
  • This is one of my favorite places in the world. The setting is beautiful in the present and walking the trails and seeing the ruins gives me a deep feeling for the life that happened here over a centu...  more »
  • I'm personally always amazed to discover native American history. Not much has been spared by the fury of the European colonizers and what still stands today should be cherished. The Pecos site showcases the local indigenous history and the subjugation of the locals by the Spaniards. The walk around the ruins in the New Mexico desert is enchanting, but watch out for rattlesnakes (saw 2 mating). The visitor centre provides in-depth information and you can really learn something about the area. As of May 2017 they still don't charge a dime so if you're in the neighbourhood don't miss this magical place.
  • Compared to some parks in the area this one is very small but still offers a good look in to the historic past of the area. The main loop only takes a short while (hour at most) to hike and see Pueblo dwellings and an old missionary church. You can go inside two Kiva, which is not overly exciting besides the historical element. Great park for a quick visit.
  • Traveling with our dog across country had been a wonderfully fun challenge and this place was great. Unlike many National Parks, they allowed you to bring your dog around the ruins/park instead of just letting them around the parking lot. My husband, pup and I loved it! We could really take our time walking around and enjoy ourselves. They even provided doggy bags at the front, so NO EXCUSE for not cleaning up after your dog. The only place he couldn't go was inside the visitor center, but that is fine. For anyone traveling with your best pup, this is a great stop, but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE remember to pick up after your dog. We don't want them to change it to NO DOGS in the future because of the mistakes of a few!!!!
  • What a great find, the park was really amazing learned a load of interesting information about the Pecos and the local fauna and flora. The rangers and staff were really friendly and helpful.
  • Definitely worth a stop, all trails are paved and have great interpretive stations. Easy with little kids.

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