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Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

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

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Historical and lovely ruins

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I only visited Quarai Mission ruins. It was easy walk. Red bricks of ruins on greenish background make impressive view. I think I found out about this site by finding photos on internet.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We enjoyed exploring the sites and walking on the trails. So much history and beautiful scenery to see!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Learn the history of the early colonization of the US before it was the US. The Missions ruins are beautiful remnants of an ugly past, but the breathtaking structures are worth the experience. All three have paved walks and are only about a mile or so of walking. The Missions consist of 3 separate locations. It's really tough to do... More 

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Navarre, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I visited the National Park center in the heart of Mountainair, NM. Clean, bright, helpful, excellent displays and a short video about the migration of the native Americans and Spanish during the 17th century. Early settlers in New Mexico used the land and weather to make a life for themselves. There is plenty of parking, streets are wide enough for... More 

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