Pecos park hosts Starry Nights

A photo of the Forked Lightning Ranch from a recent Night Sky Photo Workshop by Stan Ford. (c) 2017.
Brass Band Music and Night Sky Viewing — 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Start the evening off with the Santa Fe Brass Band Quintet’s 30-minute star-themed music performance at 7:00 p.m.! Afterward, park staff will bring out a telescope and binoculars to help you gaze at the stars and check out Mars, Venus, Jupiter, and the moon. Visitors are also invited to bring their own telescopes and spotting scopes to explore the night skies. This event is weather-dependent and red-bulb flashlights and appropriate clothing are strongly recommended. No reservations are required.

Night Photography Session at the Forked Lightning Ranch House — 7 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.

Back by popular demand, acclaimed photographer Stan Ford will lead a night photography session for a limited number of participants. Participants should plan to bring their own cameras, tripods, red-bulb flashlights, and weather-appropriate clothing. Reservations are required and space is extremely limited; please call the visitor center at 505-757-7241 to make reservations.

Both events will take place near the historic Forked Lightning Ranch. Do not come to the visitor center. Instead, proceed south on Highway 63 to the Trading Post (the pink adobe building) and follow the appropriate signs. The entrance gate will open at 6:30 p.m. and will shut at 7:20 p.m. Please note that after 7:20 p.m. no further entry will be permitted.

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From I-25 N: Take the Pecos/Glorieta Exit, #299. Left onto overpass, right onto Route 50; proceed on Route 50 for eight miles. At the village of Pecos, take a right at the four-way stop onto Route 63. In three miles, the trading post will be on your left. From I-25 S: Take the Rowe Exit, #307. Follow signs. From Highway 63, the trading post will be on your right.