Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Pecos National Historical Park
Santa Fe, New Mexico, is filled with incredible history unlike anywhere else in the country. If the walls on its adobe buildings could talk, who knows what they’d say! As you get to the outskirts of our city, you’ll come across even more historic treasures. To get the perfect combination of gorgeous landscape and the past, visit the Pecos National Historical Park. Explore the incredible geography as you learn about the most powerful Indian Pueblos, the Pecos.
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About the Pecos National Historical Park
Located between the Sangre de Cristo mountains and the Glorieta mesa, the Glorieta Pass was once the best trade and migration route to the entire region. The Cicuye, later known as the Pecos, controlled it by taking advantage of their position and power. Since then, this area has seen horrors like the Battle of the Glorieta Pass, thousands have passed through the valley on the Santa Fe Trail, and more. Learn about it all when you visit the park!
When is the Pecos National Historical Park Open?
The Pecos National Historical Park is open year round, but the hours vary depending on the season. From Memorial Day until Labor Day, the park is open every day from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. From Labor Day until Memorial Day, the park is open from 8:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Keep in mind that closing time is strict and visitors must leave by the time the park closes.
How Much Does It Cost?
Entrance to the Pecos National Historical Park is free to the public! The tours offered are also free. If you would like to donate to keep the park going, you can contact their non-profit, The Friends of Pecos National Historical Park.
The best way to explore this historical site is through one of the guided tours offered. During the summer season, tours are offered daily. During the winter season, you can enjoy tours on Fridays and Saturdays.
There are many different types of tours, each with different information and schedules. Subjects include the Forked Lightning Ranch Van Tour, Ancestral Sites Tour, Civil War Van Tour, and Civil War Walking Tour. Check the tours page on the website for the days, times, and descriptions for each offered! Local tip: Some of the spots for these excursions are limited, so we recommend reserving your spot by calling ahead or going to the visitor center beforehand.
Cast a Line
If you’d like to fish during your stay at El Farolito, Pecos National Historical Park is one of our favorite places to do so! Among the Pecos National Forest, you will discover the Pecos River, a hot spot for anglers. Three miles of the river are divided to allow for a particular number of fishers each day. If you choose to cast your line here, keep in mind that it is required to practice catch and release fishing with single, barbless hooks. There’s nothing better than reeling in your catch as you take in the beautiful surroundings of the peaceful river.
Relax at El Farolito
After enjoying the day at Pecos National Historical Park, come back and relax at El Farolito. Our charming bed and breakfast located in the heart of Santa Fe is the ideal place to return after a long day in nature! Rejuvenate in your cozy accommodations or private patio before enjoying a restful night’s sleep. Then, wake up and indulge in a delicious breakfast to start your day off right! Book the getaway of a lifetime today.