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Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

Mountainair, NM 87036
505 847 2585
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Historic Sites, Reservations
Activities: Biking, Driving, Mountain biking, Shopping, City walk sightseeing, Golfing, Nightlife, Arts and crafts, Dining, Hot-air ballooning, Running
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Floral City, Florida
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72 reviews 72 reviews
21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

3 different ruins of missions make up the National Monument. Spread over a 40 mile or so area. They're similar yet unique to themselves. Bring your camera and imagination, but stop at the Visitor Center in Mountainair first. Beautiful remains of the old southwest.

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Windsor, Ontario
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

A short but interesting self-guided tour of the ruins of both Pueblo structures and early Spanish mission buildings. The numbered information posts are clear and descriptive, and the visitors' centre staff can fill in any gaps. Off the beaten track, but worth a look if you are in the area.

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Fair Play, South Carolina
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62 reviews 62 reviews
36 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

I have to agree with other reviewers that these three sites are well worth the visit. But if I had to pick just one to go to it would be Abo. The walking paths are well marked for the self guided tour. The ruins are amazing to both touch look at, and the rangers / volunteers are quite knowledgeable. But... More

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Santa Monica, California
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196 reviews 196 reviews
38 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The three locations, Quarai, Abo, and Gran Quivira are all worth a visit, but if you had time for just one I would recommend Abo. It is the beauty of the three with majestic mission church and surrounding arroyos that evoke scenic and archeological splendor. Quarai's church is also monumental and imposing. Knowledgable rangers will provide fun facts of the... More

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Corrales, New Mexico
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

The 3 mission sites are well preserved, the employees are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. A visit to all 3 is very doable in one day with plenty of time to spend at each one and take in the informative film at the visitors center in Mountainair.

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Mountainair, New Mexico, United States
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57 reviews 57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Billy Weinman, Ranger, at Abo is a wealth of knowledge. The three missions are a tribute to our history and should be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Use the town of Mountainair as your home base and enjoy our local restaurants. Gran Quivera is about 25 miles from town so an overnight stay makes enjoying the missions easier. The Salinas... More

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Ruidoso, New Mexico
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Salinas Pueblo Missions is comprised of three pueblos near the quaint village of Mountainair, where the main visitor center is located. Gran Quivera, the largest pueblo is about 25 miles south of town, Abo is approximately 10 miles west of Mountainair and Quarai 10 miles to the north, near Manzano State Park. Abo and Quarai have paved trails that are... More

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Mountainair, New Mexico
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

There are three pueblo mission sites, plus the main visitor center in Mountainair. Visit all in a single day, starting at the Park headquarters in Mountainair where you should take the time to watch the 15 minute film on ancient pueblo living. Excellent! Then head out to the three ruin sites, each one with unique characteristics: Abó, with world class... More

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Los Angeles, California
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772 reviews 772 reviews
375 attraction reviews
313 helpful votes 313 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We visited each site as well as the visitor center in Mountainair. Each site is unique and they are all different. Ranger Mario at Gran Quivira is very knowledgable and happy to provide a guided tour, staffing permitting. Do it! Site constructed of grey limestone making it really different. Great museum there, too. Quarai is peaceful and the flagstone floor... More

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We stopped at all three units during our visit. Gran Quivera is more out-of-the-way, but the most impressive. We enjoyed the walking trail at Quarai and talking to the park rangers at Abo and Gran Quivera.

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