Historic Missions, Pecos, New Mexico
Pecos National Historical Park
The Pecos Historical Park is pretty remote and if you are not paying attention, you can drive right by it. I almost did since you can’t see it from the main road. The trail was over a mile with not a lot to see, so I would suggest parking near the mission church. The site had a lot of renovation construction going on when we visited, which kind of ruined the ambiance.
Pecos National Historical Park is composed of several noncontiguous units. The first Pecos pueblo was one of two dozen rock-and-mud villages built in the valley around AD 1100 in the prehistoric Pueblo. Within 350 years the Pueblo IV Era Pecos village had grown to house more than 2,000 people in its five-storied complex.
This sizeable Pueblo community on the edge of the Plains was occupied for over 400 years. It was important in the history of the Spanish arrival in New Mexico, and the Spanish built and occupied a mission at the site for about 200 of those years. The site was abandoned in the 19th century by its last Pueblo residents.