Pecos National Monument, New Mexico

Trip Start Apr 11, 2010
Trip End May 20, 2010

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Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I-25 follows the Rio Grande River Valley from El Paso to Albuquerque and then rises to Santa Fe where it crosses the southern edge of the Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains. To break up my 600-mile drive day and stretch my legs I decided to pull off the highway to check out Pecos National Monument, one of the many National Park system units in New Mexico preserving the remains of Pueblo Indian culture and one I somehow missed in my previous travels through the state.

Pecos has an interesting history but is a historic site almost entirely in ruins, both of the original Indian Pueblo that reached its height in the 1450 to 1550 time period with a population of around 2,000 and of the Spanish mission that functioned in the 1600s and 1700s.  The site is a pleasure to walk around and contemplate what once was there.
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