Pecos National Historical Park

For centuries, Indian traders cut through the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range at a ridge near what is now Pecos, New Mexico.

Here, the Ancestral Puebloan Indians exchanged pottery for copper and seashells. At Pecos National Historical Park, you can hike up to Arrowhead Ruin and explore this vast 105-room pueblo built seven centuries ago.

Three centuries later, Spanish explorers came through Pecos in their search for “cities of gold.” Franciscan friars followed in the footsteps of Cabeza de Vaca and Coronado, building four different churches over the course of the next century. The remains of the first “Lost Church” can still be seen at Pecos National Historical Park.

In 1861, Jefferson Davis ordered his army through Pecos in search of supplies, fresh troops, and more arms. At the Battle of Glorieta Pass, the Confederate troops outlasted the Union forces, but the loss of their supply train forced the Southern army back into Texas. You can take a guided tour of the battlefield known as the “Gettysburg of the West.”

Settlers along the Santa Fe Trail passed through Pecos on their way West. “Tex” Austin, the rodeo rider, stopped here and built the Forked Lightning Ranch, later purchased by an oilman and his wife, the actress Greer Garson. Tours of the ranch are also available.








Les & Jill

January 31, 2015

How can we get in touch with Pecos National Historical Park. We visited the official website and sent an e-mail for info to, but it was returned as "undeliverable."? Can anyone help? Thanks, The Taylors


October 2, 2014

This site is a gem...and the staff wonderful. It should be the first stop on a visit to Santa Fe because it is the "beginning of the amazing story." Beautiful ruins, an easy and spectacularly beautiful walk, one of the best NPS bookstores...and a must-watch introductory movie narrated by Greer Garson (she and her husband gave this site) in English and Ricardo Montalban in Spanish. Please support this gem!


November 26, 2011

I found the Civil War battle fascinating read about it here

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