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Pecos National Historical Park
Pecos National Historical Park, 1 Peach Drive Pecos

In the midst of piñon, juniper, and ponderosa pine woodlands in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains not far from Santa Fe, the remains of Indian pueblos stand as meaningful reminders of people who once prevailed here. Now a national historical park demonstrates to modern visitors the cultural exchange and geographic facets central to the rich history of the Pecos Valley. If you'd like to see the Pecos pueblo and mission church on your own, at any time during park hours you can walk a 1.25 mile self-guided trail. You'll be provided with a well-marked tour brochure that will explain the sights. There's also a 2.3 mile Civil War Battlefield Trail; sign in at the Visitor Center and rangers will provide you with a gate code for access to the trail, and you can also purchase a self-guided interpretive trail map for $2.00. The Visitor Center features museum exhibits with text in English and Spanish, a bookstore with gift shop, and a 12-minute introductory film available in either English or Spanish. You'll find picnic tables near the mission ruins and also at the Visitor Center. The summer tour schedule, which runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, features a ranger-guided ruins tour every day at 10 a.m. There are no reservations required.