Pecos preserves 10,000 years of history including the ancient
pueblo of Pecos, two Spanish Colonial Missions, Santa Fe Trail
sites and the site of the Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass. The
park was expanded in 1990 to 6,600 acres. Since park expansion
is new, some areas are not yet open to visitors. Authorized June
National Historical Park
- Highest in August; lowest in January. Averages about 45,000
to 50,000 per year.
- Two miles south of Pecos, NM, on State Route 63.
- P. O. Box 418
Pecos, NM 87552
- Visitor Center: (505) 757-6032
Administrative Offices: (505) 757-6414
- OPERATING HOURS, SEASONS:
- Open daily except Christmas Day. Memorial Day to Labor Day,
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Labor Day to Memorial Day, 8:00 a.m. to
- CLIMATE, RECOMMENDED CLOTHING:
- High elevation (7,000 feet) means cold winters, mild summers.
Sunny most of the time. Visitors should expect snow on the
ground in winter, wind in spring.
- Twenty-five miles southeast of Santa Fe, NM off of Interstate
25. Visitors travelling north on I-25, take exit 299 to Pecos
village and south two miles. Those travelling south take exit
307, five miles north to the park.
- No public transportation to the park.
- FEES, COSTS, RATES:
- $2.00 per person, $4.00 per car.
- FACILITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES:
- Visitor Center/Exhibits:
The visitor center contains exhibits (text in English and
Spanish), book sales and 10-minute introductory film available in
English, Spanish and captioned versions. One and a quarter mile
self-guided trail through Pecos pueblo and mission ruins. Guided
tours available to groups with advance reservations. Summer
programs include weekend cultural demonstration program and night
tours. Special event: traditional Feast Day Mass is the first
Sunday in August. Picnic area near mission ruins.
- Lodging and camping facilities:
- No camping or lodging in the park. Six forest service
campgrounds and three private campgrounds available within a 20
mile radius of the park. One motel in Pecos. Full services
available in Las Vegas & Santa Fe.
- Local restaurants and grocery store in Pecos. Pecos River
Station east of the park also has a full service convenience store on the premises.
More available in Las Vegas and Santa Fe.
- Eighty percent of the ruins trail is accessible to persons in
- Reservations for school groups and tour groups should be made
two weeks before visit. Filming permits arranged as needed, one
week notice preferred.
- BASIC VISIT RECOMMENDATIONS:
- The average stay is one to two hours.
- ADJACENT VISITOR ATTRACTIONS:
- Pecos wilderness and Santa Fe National Forest is 10 - 20
miles north of the park. Santa Fe is a world renowned historic
and cultural center.
- PECOS NATIONAL PARK HISTORY
- From the book "Ancient Ruins of the Southwest" by David Grant
Noble you can read a brief history of the Pecos Pueblo.
This page posted and maintained by the Pecos River Station at no charge to the Pecos National
Historic Park or the National Park Service.
For other sites of interest in this area, check out ElValle.com.
Since May 15,2000