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Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

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Address: Mountainair, NM 87036
Phone Number: 505 847 2585
Activities: Biking, Driving, Mountain biking, Shopping, City walk sightseeing, Golfing, Nightlife, Arts and crafts, Dining, Hot-air ballooning, Running

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Beautiful parks.

For a great drive and beautiful destination, take the 25 drive to the Gran Quivira. Beautiful and remote area. Easy walking area. I got there early so it was nice and cool for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

It is a brief stop to visit this old mission and it is actually quiet beautiful. The drive to here also makes it worthwhile. As you leave and go south, make sure and pay attention to the empty salt lakes. Very interesting terrain.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Seldom visited monument. You don't get your typical anoying tourist busloads. 3 seperate peublo sites plus the visitor center in Mountainair. I would recommend seeing the visitor center first, although it is quite small. Each pueblo ruin has some sort of information center although artifacts are absent from the Abo one. Self guided each site will take about 30-45 minutes... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

For a great drive and beautiful destination, take the 25 drive to the Gran Quivira. Beautiful and remote area. Easy walking area. I got there early so it was nice and cool for walking the dog. The Abo and Quarai sites are also a great places to visit. The vastness of the landscape is wonderful.

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

My whole family enjoyed exploring and learning about the history of New Mexico. The kids earned their Junior Ranger badges and asked lots of questions. Beautiful areas!

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I know the historical context of the building of the missions by the Native Americans who were enslaved by the Spanish of the region to build these wonderful edifices. I can't help but love all the work that was done in Abo, Quarai and Gran Quivara by the Park Service to explain and preserve these valuable assets of history. It... More 

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Richmond, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The Salinas Pueblo are three locations in a remote area of New Mexico, southeast of Albuquerque, plus the visitors' center. You should stop in Mountainair first and go to the visitors’ center. There you can get instructions on how to get to each of the three locations. We visited all three and were very impressed with the pueblos and with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

What a story! What a setting. Don't drive right by. Take a few hours. Take a couple of days. 4 sites including the Headquarters in Mountainair where you can see a beautiful video that presents an overall view. Rangers Billy, Mario, and Donna flesh out the history beautifully with tours of each site; Abó, Quarai, and Gran Quivira. Great Jr.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Rangers at this monument are excellent. We saw Donna, Bill, and Mario. They are great tour guides, full of information. The history here is not what's taught in schools (how does that happen, that so much gets left out?) I have a greater understanding of this area's history now. While it's not pretty it is valuable info. The ruins are... More 

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Olalla, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

In early December, while wandering around the area east of Albuquerque we came across The Salinas Missions National Monument. These were fascinating ruins of eras of Indians, Slaves, Franciscan Missionaries, Conquistadores, and Settlers. Dating from the 1400's the settlement flourished and was abandoned numbers of times due to famine, disease, worker depletion, the horror of slavery, and Indian attacks. Each... More 

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American Fork, Utah, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Loved spending a day visiting all 3 of these old Spanish missions/ancient Indian pueblo villages. Amazing so much is still standing. Family friendly hiking and exploring through the ruins.

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