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Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, Mountainair

Categories: Monuments, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
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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  • We went to Abo and Quarai, but didn't drive down to Gran Quivira. Both sights were in beautiful settings. As others stated, the rangers were very helpful. Most of what can be seen are the ruins of the...  read more »
  • Beautiful scenery, interesting history, easy to drive to, helpful park staff, and there's no entrance fee. 
  • Almost immediately after landing in Albuquerque, we arrived at the first of the 3 Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monuments. Even though we had traveled only just over an hour from ABQ (even though i...  read more »
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