Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, Mountainair

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The Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument is located in the U.S. state of New Mexico, near Mountainair. The main park visitor center is in Mountainair.HistoryOnce, thriving Native American trade communities of Tiwa and Tompiro language-speaking Puebloans inhabited this remote frontier area of central New Mexico. Early in the 17th century Spanish Franciscans found the area ripe for their missionary efforts. However, by the late 1670s the entire Salinas District, as the Spanish had named it, was depopulated of both Indian and Spaniard. What remains today are austere yet beautiful reminders of this earliest contact between Pueblo Indians and Spanish Colonials: the ruins of three mission churches, at Quarai, Abó, and Gran Quivira and the partially excavated pueblo of Las Humanas or, as it is known today, the Gran Quivira pueblo.It was first proclaimed Gran Quivira National Monument on November 1, 1909. As with all historic areas administered by the National Park Service, the National Monument was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966. On December 19, 1980 it was enlarged and two New Mexico State Monuments were absorbed into it on November 2, 1981. It was renamed on October 28, 1988.Quarai RuinsThe Quarai Ruins are located about 8 miles north of Mountainair, at about 6650 feet above sea level. There is a visitor center and a 0.5 mile trail through the ruins.
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  • August 8, 2017
    I was on a drive through mountainair so I thought I'd check out the ruins. There are very few signs, so unless you go to the visitors center it's not self explanatory. Its just a few blocks from the f...  more »
  • July 20, 2017
    My husband and I went to all three historic mission ruins; Abo, Quaria and Gran Quivira. The ruins and history were very interesting. We started with a 45 minute tour of Abo. Next, we drove 9 miles ea...  more »
  • June 26, 2017
    On our way somewhere else and made a side trip to see the ruins. They are amazing, so full of history, well worth the trip.  more »

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