On the way home from a weekend getaway in Santa Fe, we deviated just far and long enough from I-25 to find some really interesting attractions that we will visit more deliberately sometime soon. After hearing a bit about the Civil War Battle on Glorieta Pass, I hoped to scout the area, learn a little bit more about what is considered to be the “Gettysburg of the West”. We only had about an hour or so to spare and rather than learning about the battle, we stumbled upon the very impressive Pecos Pueblo Ruins.
In a nutshell, the Pecos Indians began inhabiting the area as long ago as the 800’s and by the 1300’s had established a five-story Pueblo that housed as many as 2000 people. This was apparently a major trading destination for the Plains Indians and the Spaniards and the Pecos people were known as the middlemen. Ultimately, The Spaniards built a huge mission at the Pueblo with the intent of converting the Indians to Christianity. This explains the odd combination of culture and architecture. Basically, I learned just enough to be in danger of saying something really ignorant so that is where I’ll stop. Tammy and I will definitely be going back soon so that we can learn more and share what we learn in our video series.
This is an interesting thought. Just as we took an exit from I-25 to catch a glimpse of something really cool, so too did the travelers of the Santa Fe Trail take time out from their journeys to catch a glimpse of these ruins and learn about those who came before.
To learn more about the Pecos Ruins, visit the National Park Service website or our friends at Sangres.com. It is such a great thing to live in a place where The Greatest Adventures Are Waiting In Your Own Back Yard.