The Upper Pecos Watershed Association’s Clean Water Act 319 (h) on the ground project is nearing the construction phase with the completion of the Biological Survey report and the Cultural Resource Survey report.
The Biological Survey report are available for public review below:
We are pleased to announce that the US Forest Service Dalton Day Area gates have been opened and the picnic area is officially open to the public. For the past few years Forest Service budget issues have not provided for staff to clean this picnic area. Due to its popularity to the public, the Upper Pecos Watershed Association (UPWA) has committed to a multi-year volunteer agreement with the Forest Service to maintain the cleanliness of the Dalton Day Area. On a weekly basis, while the gates are open, UPWA volunteers clean litter and trash in and around the river.
Additionally, UPWA will install portable toilets in the Day Use Area during peak use months.
We would love you to join us in our weekly Friday morning trash pick ups. Watch our Facebook events for clean up times.
Pecos National Historical Park will offer a ranger-guided hike to the site of the Forked Lightning Pueblo on Sunday, September 9th. Along the two mile roundtripbackcountry hike to the remnants of this 13th century pueblo, you will explore the fascinating history of this large settlement that sits on the western bank of Glorieta Creek. The pueblo, which housed hundreds of people primarily between 1225 and 1300 AD, was described and mapped by noted archaeologist A.V. Kidder in the late 1920s. Much has been learned about this historical treasure since then—come see for yourself!
This 2.5 hour program is an off-trail hike along uneven terrain through areas frequented by snakes. Visitors interested in the tour must reserve a spot, as space is limited to 20 participants. Attendees will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the Upper Parking Lot adjacent to the ruins of the mission church.
For more information and to make reservations, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241.
Beginning August 14th, 2018, Pecos National Historical Park will offer fall fishing permits for the Pecos River within the park boundaries. The 2018 fall fishing season will begin September 13th and end November 5th.
For the 2018 fall fishing season, Pecos National Historical Park will be using an online reservation system. Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance via www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. A $15 per day fee must be paid online during the online reservation process. Please note that anglers are still required to check in and acquire a special use permit at the park visitor center prior to fishing. For more information related to fishing, visit the park website https://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm.
Within the park, three miles of the Pecos River are divided into three sections or “beats.” This approach offers anglers roughly one mile on the Pecos River to fish with up to two other people for the day. Three beats (for up to nine anglers per day) are available on the reservation system.
Pecos National Historical Park will host the annual Feast Day celebration at Pecos Pueblo on Sunday, August 5th. Join in a time honored tradition as community members from the Pueblo of Jemez and Pecos celebrate Feast Day mass inside the ruins of Our Lady of the Angels of Porciúncula (Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles de Porciúncula). Following the 9:30 a.m. mass, the Feast Day celebration continues with traditional dancers from the Pueblo of Jemez and fresh rolls from the horno.
Feast Day at Pecos Pueblo represents the fulfillment of a long-standing promise. Before leaving Pecos Pueblo in 1838, the last inhabitants of Pecos Pueblo entrusted a special painting to St. Anthony’s Parish. A symbol of the pueblo’s adoption of Christianity as another form of religion, this portrait depicts the patron saint bestowed upon the Mission of Pecos in the 1620s. Every August, Pecos village fulfills its promise to perpetually honor the saint by celebrating a feast day mass in the remains of her final church.
Pecos National Historical Park has unveiled a temporary museum display showcasing the work of Artist-in-Residence, Stan Ford. Chosen by the National Parks Art Foundation, Mr. Ford is an award-winning nature photographer who spent the month of August, 2016 as the park’s first-ever Artist-in-Residence.
Artists have created art in national parks since the late 19th century when famed Hudson River School painters captured the majestic views of our nation’s western parks. Today, the sights and sounds in national parks continue to inspire artists in more than 50 residency programs across the country. These programs provide artists with unique opportunities to create works of art in varied natural and cultural settings.
Thanks to a 2017-2018 school year field trip grant from the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, Pecos National Historical Park welcomed 113 local kids to the park. The grant, titled “Creating Connections to the Ancestors: Northern New Mexico 4th Graders Discover their Past at Pecos”, enabled students to develop a deep understanding of park resources and the relevance of parks in their lives.
Pecos NHP Superintendent Karl Cordova enthusiastically supported the outreach initiative noting that “Teaching local students about the historical importance of their community is an integral part of Pecos National Historical Park, where every participating student spends valuable time learning in the field with professional staff.”
“I can still remember the excitement of exploring my first national park as a kid and it made me want to discover more,” said National Park Foundation President Will Shafroth. “I’m thrilled that our National Park Foundation grants make it possible for hundreds of thousands of kids to experience the wonder of parks for the first time, sparking a lifelong love for national parks.”
The National Park Foundation grant enabled Pecos National Historical Park to send a ranger to each classroom five times, where students from Pecos Elementary and El Dorado Community School learned about a variety of biological, natural, and historical topics while working on projects in the classroom. The students then visited Pecos National Historical Park, became Junior Rangers, learned about the history of the site, and participated in fun educational activities with rangers and volunteers. Lunch was generously provided by the Friends of Pecos National Historical Park, while park staff and volunteers spent the whole day guiding and educating classes.
Pecos, NM: Don’t miss your chance to visit one of northern New Mexico’s most iconic locations—the Forked Lightning Ranch. On Saturday, June 30th, Pecos National Historical Park will open up the Ranch House from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for visitors to explore at their leisure. The Forked Lightning Ranch, which overlooks a wild stretch of the Pecos River, is steeped in history. Once home to such notable personalities as rodeo promoter Tex Austin and Hollywood actress Greer Garson, the ranch house transports you back to the formative years of dude ranching in the Southwest. Rangers and volunteers will be on site to help answer questions and to orient visitors to this architectural gem.
Please note, space is limited to a total of 30 vehicles. Access to the ranch is down a 1.5 mile dirt road. For safety reasons, parking reservations are required. For more information and to make reservations, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241.