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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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62 reviews 62 reviews
23 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Off the beaten path and the ranger is a delightful person. We walked the grounds and found the old historic community to be interesting.

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San Antonio, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We were at the actual Salinas Pueblo location and took the walk up the hill to the ruins of the friar's church. The green valleys surrounding the site are probably not as lush as that when summer rains are missing. It was so still and lovely and a place to ponder the passage of time. Later we stopped at the... More

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Columbus, Texas
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25 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

We can't drive through a place without stopping to see everything interesting on the way. This trip, on our way to Albuquerque, we stopped at two of the Salinas Pueblo Missions--there are three in all. I recommend stopping at their central visitor center in Mountainaire. The staff there will be very happy to tell you about the missions and help... More

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Placitas, New Mexico, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We took a circle day trip from Placitas, NM to see all three of the ruins. As another reviewer mentioned, "they are similar yet unique to themselves". Each of the three sites has a small National Park Service visitor contact station, museum, and gift shop. Flush restrooms are available on-site. The ruins are accessible to those of us who are... More

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Sandia Park, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

These are amazing ruins, well worth the 2 hour drive from Albuquerque, NM When we visited Quarai they were having a wedding. The National Monument was no longer a place to visit, but a wedding venue. Amplified DJ in the once serene picnic area. Made it very difficult to enjoy the ruins. You felt like a wedding crasher. Very poor... More

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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We took a day trip from Hacienda Vargas B & B in Algodones to the ruins. The trip to Mountainair was quick, the town quaint and going thru a revival with lots of new shops. The ruins are hidden NM gems! They weren't crowded, had great little picnic spots to have our lunch, were pet friendly (we had our two... More

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Floral City, Florida
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22 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
36 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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202 reviews 202 reviews
38 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 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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