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Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

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Address: Mountainair, NM 87036
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interesting old mission ruins

There are three missions along what is known as the "the salt missions trail", around Mountainair. They are off the beaten path , so best to start at the visitor center. We only... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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46 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are three missions along what is known as the "the salt missions trail", around Mountainair. They are off the beaten path , so best to start at the visitor center. We only had time to visit the two closest ones. The third was 25 miles or so, further south. Quarai and Abo were both wonderful ruins of Spanish Missions.... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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557 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Near Mountainair, there are the remains of three mission settlements-Quarai, Abo, and Grand Quivira. It takes a little driving to see all three sites. There is a visitor center in the center of the small town of Mountainair. You might want to visit the visitor center first and watch their video about the monument. Each settlement included a mission, built... More 

1 Thank CKT808
Kirkland, Washington
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351 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Stop by the visitor center for an excellent video before you visit the sites. This place is awesome... Go see it

1 Thank Don H
Dallas, Texas
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127 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

These are isolated sites that draw very few people. This makes the experience wonderful. These are historical sites, managed by park rangers. No food sold, no junky shops anywhere around. It's about history and no commercialization. There are restrooms at each site and ranger offices with relevant literature. You are at your leisure to explore the ruins and surrounding areas,... More 

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Boulder, Colorado, United States
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

We took the Salt Missions scenic highway and stopped at the monument as part of our day. It it not large but the half mile trail is fully accessible and the site includes the ability to walk through the remains of the missionary church which is quite extensive. A great place to learn about the Spanish Missions and their effect... More 

1 Thank Becky K
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We only went to Gran Quivira, as a stop on our long drive from Carlsbad back to Albuquerque. (By the time we got there it was close to closing time, and yes, they do close the gate at 5pm in winter.) It is a large ruined 17th century mission-- much larger than the only other I'd seen in NM, in... More 

Thank Lekh-Lekha
New York City, New York
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67 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

I visited Gran Quivira National Monument, which is the largest of the three Salinas Pueblo Missions. It was awesome. First the color of the stone is a whitish gray, different from all the other monuments where the stone has an earthenware color. Second it is an immense site: Gran Quivira was indeed a vast city made up of several pueblos... More 

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Reviewed 6 February 2017

After birding Bosque del apache for two days I decided to take in some history. I went to all three Salinas missions in one day and got back to Socorro by 4pm. All three were in beautiful locations and though one was not staffed while I got there I met great rangers at the other two. Mert gave me a... More 

Thank swiftee
Oroville, California
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74 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Averaging only around 30 tourists a day, this is one of the least known and least visited national parks in the country. I'm surprised it's not as popular as Chaco Canyon, especially since it has a much better road. Than again, that's a good thing as we basically had the entire place to ourselves. These ruins definitely rank among the... More 

Thank RealTravelman
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 2 January 2017

Saw all three of these. Each one is different. If you like visiting ruins definitely worth going to see. Best part is the one north and the one south of mountainair have heated bathrooms. These were greatly appreciated as it was a windy cold day. The one west of mountainair is not heated. The rangers were excellent. Keep in mind... More 

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