Pecos National Historical Park, Pecos

#11 of 88 in Nature in New Mexico
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. A visit to Pecos National Historical Park represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Pecos travel route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Visited on crisp November morning, the visitors center has nice display and interesting ( even thought old production) movie. Park Ranger gave informative tour. It was easy hike.  more »
  • Picked up the interpretation guide at the Interpretive Centre and walked the trail. Apart from being very windy and cold in early November, it was a good hike and the guide was helpful for understandi...  more »
  • This was a wonderful find. we live in New Mexico, and had never been here. Beautiful park, well laid out grounds and walking paths, well exhibited ruins. And, the visitors center is excellent. Really ...  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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