Pecos National Historical Park (New Mexico) will offer the final two special backcountry hikes this September at the Arrowhead Pueblo and the Forked Lightning Pueblo, according to a new release.
The Forked Lightning Pueblo backcountry tour will take place on September 24, Saturday. Visitors will experience a two-mile roundtrip hike to the 13th-century pueblo’s remnants, exploring the history of the largest settlement sitting on Glorieta Creek’s western bank.
The backcountry tour at the Arrowhead Pueblo will take place on September 25, Sunday. It will be a one-mile roundtrip visit to the seldom-seen 14th-century pueblo, exploring the historical, archaeological, and cultural significance of this 100+ room ruin.
Visitors interested in the tour must reserve a spot, as space is limited. Attendees will meet at the Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m. and caravan to the trailhead with the ranger.
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.
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. 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.