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Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

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Address: Mountainair, NM 87036
Phone Number: 505 847 2585
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Fantastic visit!

I visited the Abo Ruins a few miles west of Mountainair with family in late December. It was extremely cold but the air at the ruins was crisp and fresh. The ruins are impressive... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Clemmons, North Carolina
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Clemmons, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I visited the Abo Ruins a few miles west of Mountainair with family in late December. It was extremely cold but the air at the ruins was crisp and fresh. The ruins are impressive and well-marked, and you can walk through and around them for a closer look. It all looked so beautiful covered in a blanket of fresh snow.... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument is a must-visit destination for history, archeology, and anthropology lovers. The Monument (with an excellent visitor's center in Mountainair, New Mexico) encompasses three pueblo ruins in the middle of New Mexico that had been home to Puebloan peoples for hundreds of years beginning in the 9th century AD. In the 17th century, Franciscan friars from... More 

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Forney, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came across this on a recent hunting trip. It was deserted and covered in snow. My husband and I stopped and walked around. It was very peaceful. Very interesting history. The entire experience was close to spiritual. Definitely worth stopping to see!

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Milliken, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Driving from Santa Fe to Bosque Del Apache to photograph Sandhill Cranes, we stopped to check out the ruins at Abo. The fresh snow was beautiful on the red structures and we learned about the history.

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Thank lschnelzer
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

We have been touring NM looking at all manner of tourist sites. This one was recommended, even though it is a bit out of the way south east of ABQ. We got there mid-afternoon and were one of only a half dozen people there. It is a very good example of pueblo ruins and the remnants of a Spanish Church.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

The 3 sites made up for the National Monuments we were only able to visit two of the sites,, they were equally fantastic we saw the Abo and the Quarai the 3rd one was out of our way plus we lost daylight too,, the history behind each and every one of the sites is really really interesting,,,, if you like... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

We saw the sign for this monument on our way to a long hike. Taking the time to drive to see this was well worth the effort. This mission remains in very good shape and being that it is not well traveled, rangers are more than happy to take the time to explain its importance to the Salt Mission Trail.

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Thank Chris M
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

I have been to the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument - the Pueblos of Quarai, Abo and Gran Quivira - several times. The stabilized Mission ruin church at Quarai, in particular, is quite spectacular. The Monuments are far more to the Spanish conquest and Franciscan mission presence in early New Spain, now New Mexico, rather than of the Indians, Jumano... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

The three ruin sites which make up this national monument relate to the Spanish exploration into New Mexico during the 1500 and 1600s. While the conquistadors were looking for the Seven Cities of Gold, the friars where there to bring the "heathen" Native Americans to their European Catholicism. It's a big part of the history of the southwest and something... More 

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Los Lunas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Very well preserved and and annotated walking tour. Beautiful views of the Manzano Mountains and area. Interesting how the ancestral Pueblo culture mixed with the Spanish Mission culture (obviously the mission culture was added many years after the original Pueblo culture).

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