Pecos National Historical Park
We start our day trip visiting the Pecos National Historical Park. This was a National Monument until it converted to a National Historical Park in the 1990s. Ruins from the ancient pueblos are here, along with the remnants of the Franciscan church that was established when the Spanish came through and tried to convert the natives. This area is the site of the notable 'Battle of Glorieta Pass' which is known as the Gettysburg of the West. The Confederate soldiers were trying to take over the West, and in this key battle in 1862, the Union Army defeated the Confederates in just three days of fighting. The area is so deep with history, and the views are incredible! The Park is located 30 miles from Santa Fe past the town of Glorieta. Admission is free.
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