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Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

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Address: Mountainair, NM 87036
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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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maui
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Oroville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 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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Broomfield, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Beautiful, peaceful and full of history. A must see...a bit off the beaten path which makes it even more magical. Our ranger (Cindy Pilgrim) was a delight and inspiration...

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

This was our first pass and we only stopped at Quarai. The church ruins are the finest we have seen. There has been moderate excavation of the pueblo, but not that much. Probably, that's for the best. They have an extraordinary model that expresses the place better than fally-down walls while preserving the site. Ranger was great, the walk through... More 

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Mount Juliet, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

First don't follow your gps or printed directions unless your directions take you to the main Visitors center. Each site is accessed by a paved road (bumpy but paved). The rangers at the main Visitors center where able to tell me how to get to each site & I'm glad each site is different the only one with any Pueblos... More 

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