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Pecos National Historical Park

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Address: Pecos, NM 87552
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Pecos National Historical Park commemorates thousands of years of human...

Pecos National Historical Park commemorates thousands of years of human travel through the area. This includes hundreds of years of human habitation, such as Pecos Pueblo and the Spanish Mission Church. The Santa Fe Trail came through the park, as did the original path of Route 66. The Civil War brought the Battle of Glorieta Pass here, where Confederate ambitions for the Southwest stopped. The Forked Lightning Ranch boasted Northern New Mexico dude ranching and the home of Tex Austin, E.E. "Buddy" Fogelson, and Greer Garson. Whatever your interest in New Mexico, from archeology to modern rodeos, Pecos National Historical Park is connected!

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Must see...close to main Hwy I-25

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... read more

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 free. Great spot for a picnic if you choose.

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Las Vegas, New Mexico
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 century ago. The visitor's center is interesting and comfortable.

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Bellvue, Colorado
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited site early May 2017. Easy walking to and around multiple building ruins and stone boundry walls. Good photo ops. Quite large in height and size ruins to be observed. Multiple single story remains to observe. The visitors center rangers are eager to explain and converse. Very friendly. A nice place to spend a few hours.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful place to visit. Really reflected the nature of the highly developed indigenous people. Their sad history facing Spanish and then American invaders. Glad to see that this site is preserved.

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Hurst, Texas
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Pecos National Historic Park is small but filled with some of the most beautiful views and some of the most interesting sights in any of the sights in New Mexico. It's place in the Pueblo Revolt is really interesting. The museum in the visitors center is interesting and filled with information. The ruins are stunning and the walk up to... More 

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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a really interesting stop. In addition to a nice walk through the ruins, we learned so much about the Native Americans who lived there and how their lives changed when the Spanish came through.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is only a few miles off I-25, so it is very easy to access. The ruins atop the ridge are very interesting and command a great view of the valley. It is amazing to think that 3 and 4 story Adobe structures filled this space and had thousands of inhabitants. Although the ruins are off-limits, they are easily viewed... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful look at the long history of this area followed by a picturesque walk through the ruins of a Pueblo community. It's an easy 1.25 mile stroll and be sure to get the highlight book they offer. (It's a loaner)

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Pecos, New Mexico
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderfly build and maintained visitors center with a comfortable small theater for viewing a short film of the history of this area. Well maintained walking paths through the area. The ruins are awe inspiring and the whole park is exceptionally well maintained and pristine.

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Belton, Missouri
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice piece of SW history telling the story of the natives fighting back against the Spanish. They won the 1st battle but eventually lost. The Park gives us a nice reminder of how the natives were treated, 1st by the Spanish and then by the US. Well laid out visitors center and walking tour. This is a large Pueblo with... More 

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