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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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Impressive archeological site

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2015
Mariusz J
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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48 reviews 48 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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Sierra Vista, AZ
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22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

On the other side of the Sandia Mountains southeast of Albuquerque in small town and ranch country, the visitor center is in Mountainair, NM. There are three sites in different directions: Abo, Quarai (pronounced "core-eye"), and Gran Quivira. Each place has a mini-visitor center and a park ranger who can lead a tour of the site. Make sure to fill... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

We went to 3 sites and they were all breath taking. They are all so well reconstructed and well kept. You can walk all through them which is really run. All extremely easy hikes and knowledgeable rangers to tell you about the sites. Definitely worth the time if you are in the area

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We only went to one of the 3 sites but it was extremely well kept and incredibly interesting. The Rangers were very nice and explained the site and answered our questions. We stopped at the Quarai Ruins site. The old church ruins are very cool.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

I stopped by all 3 sites belonging to this monument. While I did not spend too much time at each one, I still learned about the architecture and history of them. There is a visitor's center in Mountainair, but each site has its own smaller visitor's center and store. It was nice to walk around the ruins and imagine these... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We enjoy visiting old pueblo ruins and are fascinated by the architecture and construction methods. The three sites, Gran Quivira, Abo, and Quarai are all within visiting distance of Mountainair, NM and, within driving distance of either Socorro, NM or Albuquerque.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The ruins of the Salinas Pueblo Missions at Abo and Gran Quivira are easily visited in the same day, but use your time wisely, as they are only open until 5 pm, even in the summer months. The ranger at Abo was knowledgeable about the local area's history, as well as the inclusion of these ruins into the National Park... More 

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