“ruins of three mission churches”
The Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument is located in the U.S. state of New Mexico, near Mountainair. The main park visitor center is in Mountainair. Once, thriving Native American trade communities of Tiwa and Tompiro language-speaking Puebloans inhabited this remote frontier area of central New Mexico. Early in the 17th century Spanish Franciscans found the area ripe for their missionary efforts. However, by the late 1670s the entire Salinas District, as the Spanish had named it, was depopulated of both Indian and Spaniard. What remains today are austere yet beautiful reminders of this earliest contact between Pueblo Indians and Spanish Colonials: the ruins of three mission churches, at Quarai, Abó, and Gran Quivira and the partially excavated pueblo of Las Humanas or, as it is known today, the Gran Quivira pueblo.
Interesting mix of Spanish/Indian architecture.
Very good self-guided tour of the ruins even though the Ranger followed us around reminding us to stay on the path (which we never varied from) 🙄 Our dogs enjoyed scaring up the lizards while we explored.
This was a really cool place. I plan on stopping by again on my cross country trip with my sister so she can see them.
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Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
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