Map of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument in New Mexico
Detailed guide of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument In central New Mexico, near Mountainair.
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument in central New Mexico, near Mountainair.
This former major trade center, and once one of the most populous regions of the Pueblo world during the 17th century, is composed of three distinct sections of stone ruins. Built between 1622 and 1660 by the Tompiros and Tiwa people, the Abo, Quarai, and gran Quivira pueblos were abandoned in the 1670s after drought, famine, and attacks by hostile tribes. Gran Quivira was proclaimed a national monument in 1909, and Abo and Quarai became monuments in 1981, when Salinas was established.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Picnicking, touring ruins and museum, watching video. Facilities: Visitor center, guided and self-guided tours, museum, movie, hiking trails. Picnic area. Programs & Events: Ranger-led tours (by request), self-guided tours. Tips & Hints: Busiest July-Sept., least crowded Dec. and Jan.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
Camping: None at site. Near Mountainair: Manzano Mountain State Park (Rte. 55, 13 mi northwest of Mountainair, tel. 505/847-2820; 45 sites; $8-$ 14; flush toilets, hook-ups; closed Nov-Mar.). IS Hotels: None in park. In Mountainair: El Rancho Motel (901 U.S. 60 W, tel. 505/847-2577; 17 rooms; $33), Tillies Inn (303 U.S. 60 E, tel. 505/847-0248; 10 rooms; $49-$55). X Restaurants: None in park. In Mountainair: Ancient Cities (603 U.S. 60 W, tel. 505/847-2368; $3-$7), Kow-boy Kafe (110 Broadway, tel. 505/847-0950; $5-$13). Groceries: None in park. In Mountainair: Mountainair Grocery (204 Broadway, tel. 505/847-2223).
FEES & HOURS
Free. Monument open Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 9-6; Labor Day-Memorial Day, daily 9-5. Visitor center open Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 8-6; Labor Day-Memorial Day, daily 8-5.
HOW TO GET THERE
Visitor center 1 block west of intersection of U.S. 60 and Rte. 55; to Abo, continue 9 mi west via U.S. 60 and 1 mi north on Rte. 513; to Quarai head 8 mi north on Rte. 55 and 1 mi west; to Gran Quivira head 25 mi south on Rte. 55. Closest airport: Albuquerque (70 mi).
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument (Box 517, Mountainair, NM 87036, tel. 505/847-2585, fax 505/847-2441,).
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. Detailed guide of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument In central New Mexico, near Mountainair