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Very educational visit

There is no entry fee. Due to time restraints we only visited the Missions Visitor Center and the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Ron T
The Villages, Florida
This is a Great 1-2 hour Day Trip

The grounds are well-kept and the staff is helpful. Be sure to get the "handbook" provided by staff... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
Mountainair, New Mexico
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Reviewed 2 days ago

There is no entry fee. Due to time restraints we only visited the Missions Visitor Center and the Abo Ruins. Ensure you view the video prior to visiting the ruins as it puts everything into perspective about the people who lived there and their culture....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

The grounds are well-kept and the staff is helpful. Be sure to get the "handbook" provided by staff so you can enjoy the full historical perspective of this place.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

While traveling through southern New Mexico, we made a special trip to see the Missions. We stayed in Mountainair so we would be able to see all three sites and the Visitor Center. First, the Visitor Center. It's in the middle of Mountainair. A small...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

This tri-site adventure took us half a day to explore. A historical and cultural glimps into New Mexico’s past, the beautiful Pueblo ruins stand against the backdrop of middle-of-nowhere scenery. It’s interesting to read about the native peoples that called this landscape home and how...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank tsearsfamily
Reviewed October 1, 2018

Not a lot to see here but what is there is neat and historical. I was stunned at how tall these structures were and how tightly they were built. Easy to get to and a good stop to walk around and visit.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Patrick W
Reviewed September 9, 2018

The actual site does not open until 9 AM. If you go into Mountainair, The national parks headquarters is there. They have a short film and open at 8 AM. It is about 30 minutes from the actual ruins. There are two other ruins as...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 4, 2018

We visited 2 out of 3 Pueblo Ruins, Abo and Quarai, The sites are very interesting and full of history. At Abo, the village has been filled to preserve, but the ruin that is left is impressive. I suggest you talk to the rangers for...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed May 29, 2018 via mobile

I found this National park site driving up towards the Santa Fe area. The visitor center is located in the town of Mountainair NM along highway 60. There are three other sites in the area showing ancient Pueblo structures dubbed the “ancient cities of New...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Reviewed May 27, 2018

Definitely in the middle of nowhere. Amazing how the ruins have held up All the rangers were very friendly and knowledgeable.Just make sure you have plenty of gas in your vehicle because there is no much around this monument.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank gulfcoastfriend
Reviewed May 22, 2018

We have taken out of town visitors for a one-day visit from Albuquerque to these two ruins. They are spectacular. The missions built in the early 1600s still have high, impressive walls built of local sandstone. Near each mission is the ruin of an ancient...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Response from RealTravelman | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I meant "each" not all. I meant to say 30 minutes to tour each site.
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Aurora, Illinois
...Vacation in Progress... (36 Replies)
Well, I'm getting started on my Northern New Mexico 16 day adventure... "Loved" the record heat yesterday...well, at least it's part of the stories to tell... Today I got picked up by sandiaman to spend the day checking out Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. Excruciating detailed trip report to come in about 3 weeks, but for now just want to say that this was a great place to visit. All three sites (Quarai, Gran Quiviri, Abó) were worthy of the time. But best of all was the...More
July 20, 2010|
Response fromCasaAzul|
Great to hear you had an awesome visit...especially with a TA'er!!! Hope the rest of your trip is wonderful!
Aurora, Illinois
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument? (17 Replies)
For my upcoming trip to Northern New Mexico, I'm planning on adding a trip to Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument while I'm staying in Albuquerque. (On my recent long weekend in Abq, I ended up unexpectedly covering more than I anticipated, including some places that were planned for this upcoming trip...thus the free time.) I'm tentatively planning on driving early (leaving around 7:30am after breakfast at Java Joe's) via I-40, NM-337, NM-55 to Quarai so as to arrive about 9am when...More
July 02, 2010|
Response fromKthSch|
Thanks CasaAzul, And you know it's because of you I'm going there, right? You gave a few suggestions to add to my Abq prequel including Salinas, which wasn't even on my radar until you mentioned it. I'll be sure to allow the extra time you suggest, just to be safe. The Shaffer looks great...I've got that one pencilled in now, instead. I love the Pueblo Deco of the KiMo Theatre and the Shaffer's got the same feel. Keith
Adirondack, New York
Driving from Silver City, NM to Oklahoma City, OK (22 Replies)
We have reservations at Bear Mountain Lodge in April and need to get to Oklahoma City. Planning one overnight stop. Would you suggest Tucumcari for an overnight stay? I read some reviews and it seems that we should chose Hampton Inn or Holiday Inn Express, both in Tucumcari. Is the distance from Silver City to Tucumcari with all those stops in between doable in one day? We prefer to arrive at the hotel before it gets dark. I would appreciate any comments on places to stop, scenic spots...More
September 19, 2007|
Response fromcolinaz|
Definitely doable in one day. Eastern New Mexico is somewhat drab and flat. Most of your scenery is going to be closer to I-25. If you stay on US 60 you can see Fort Sumner, historic and home of Billy the Kid's grave. From there, you can take NM 268 north to NM 209. I've taken it before, and it's in good condition and not well-traveled. US 60 between Fort Sumner and Clovis is also fairly desolate. Yeso is an interesting place. Nice for photography, I think. Santa Rosa has a few motels....More