Pecos National Historical Park: Centuries of History at Glorieta Pass


National Historical Park


Glorieta Pass became a cultural crossroads through which hunters and gatherers, traders, conquerors and explorers, immigrants, soldiers, ranchers, and tourists passed. Walk the trails and imagine Pecos through the centuries: the bustling sounds of the trade fairs between the people of Pecos Pueblo and the Plains peoples, the clang of swords and Spanish armor, the rumble of thousands of wagons traveling the Santa Fe Trail, the gnawing hunger in your stomach after drought killed your crops, and the burst of artillery shells at Glorieta Pass. Welcome to Pecos National Historical Park, where the past is present.

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Stories from Pecos

Archeological Investigation of Pigeon’s Ranch (Year 1)
Archeological Investigation of Pigeon’s Ranch (Year 2)
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