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“Hidden Surprise”

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 4, 2013

There's a scenic thirty minute drive and then you get there. The staff is friendly and the entrance fee isn't bad. I got the impression the ruins were safe and clean. I learned a lot of historic knowledge and saw cool plants. Look out for scorpions and rattlesnakes. Bring your own water. I recommend this place.

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Reviewed September 17, 2013

We visited all three mission ruins and they were worth the extra drive. Guides were informative. Museums and gift shop were well stocked. Lots of great photo opportunities.

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Reviewed September 16, 2013

I visited the ABO ruins site, and was really impressed with the place. It's off the beaten path, the the ride was nice. There is a picnic area, visitors center, bathrooms, good parking, and some easy hiking trails. The ruins were really fascinating, the trails that I walked on were well maintained. There were trail guides explaining the history of the site. Definitely worth the visit - plan on spending less than an hour here, and you can see everything you'd want to see. Super photogenic, great drive.

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Reviewed September 14, 2013

This national monument is actually made up of 3 different sites around the town of Mountainair: Gran Quivira, Abo, and Quarai. It is possible to visit all three sites in one day, but they are located about 25 minutes from each other. Each site is fairly small. Even I, as an archaeologist facinated by the relationship between the Native Americans and the Spanish at the time of contact) was satisfied spending about an hour at each site.

Each site consists of the ruins, bathrooms, a small visitor's center with a gift shop and a small picnic area. There is drinking water available at each site; be sure not to drink from the tap at Abo and Gran Quivira. Abo and Quarai include short hiking trails around the site. The trail around Abo has petroglyphs, but I did not get to visit because the trail hadn't been maintained. The Quarai trail includes a lovely look at the surrounding natural area as well as petroglyphs. The glyphs are generally hard to find, but Ranger Merv was with me and he knows where they all are. None of the ruins allow camping, but there are public forests around that may (i didn't really look into this) Quarai and Gran Quivira have visitors centers with exhibits and the rangers at the sites are extremely knowledgeable. Take the time to talk with them, they're awesome! If there aren't a lot of visitors at the site, they may even be willing to give a private tour.

The ruins themselves are amazing! Abo and Quarai are a beautiful red color while Gran Quivira is a sandy brown. Each of the ruins have a trail running through and around them. At Gran Quivira, the trail is paved and there is an "accessibility" route. At Abo and Quarai the trails are gravel, but well-maintained. All of the trails are easy walks that would be suitable for young children, but may not be for those with mobility concerns. Each site has a trail guide that can be borrowed for free from the respective information centers. Don't skip the guide! This is how you can find out about all of the history of the site.

4  Thank Angela R
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

have visited these ruins since 1970's-always a great experience.
FYI-a book titled "Symbolism of Petroglyphs and Pictographs Near Mountainair, New Mexico, the Gateway to Ancient Ruins" is now available on Amazon or at rowepub.com-by Susan A Holland with photography by Mike Rooney--check it out!! Outstanding color pictures!

4  Thank Susan H
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