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Pecos National Historic Park

Pecos National Historic Park Review

The centerpiece of this national park is the ruins of Pecos, once a major pueblo village with more than 1,100 rooms. Twenty-five hundred people are thought to have lived in this structure, as high as five stories in places. Pecos, in a fertile valley between the Great Plains and the Rio Grande Valley, was a trading center centuries before the Spanish conquistadors visited in about 1540. The Spanish later returned to build two missions. The pueblo was abandoned in 1838, and its 17 surviving occupants moved to the Jémez Pueblo. Anglo travelers on the Santa Fe Trail observed the mission ruins with a great sense of fascination. You can view the mission ruins and the excavated pueblo on a ¼-mi self-guided tour in about two hours.

    Contact Information

  • Address: NM 63, off I–25 at Exit 307 Pecos, NM 87552 | Map It
  • Phone: 505/757–7241
  • Cost: $3
  • Hours: Late May–early Sept., daily 8–5; early Sept.–late May, daily 8–4:30
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  • Location: South of Santa Fe
Updated: 01-07-2014

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