NM – Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

After spending a couple days hiking the northern end of the Manzano Mountain Wilderness, I stopped and visited the Salinas Pueblo Missions on my way to hike to Manzano Peak on the southern end of the range. 

The three missions are separated geographically by some distance as is the Visitor Center which is located in Mountainair. The history of these missions is interesting and worth of day of learning, absorbing, and wandering. Interpretative literature and signage is excellent. 

Quarai is 8 miles north of the Visitor Center. 

Abo is 9 miles to the west of the Visitor Center.

Gran Quivira is 25 miles south of the Visitor Center. This was my favorite maybe because of the use of limestone.

I’ll skip rattlesnake encounters. 

Adventure Date(s):

  • May 5, 2018


  • There’s very little if any shade, so plan accordingly.
  • Take time to wander the Visitor Center as well as the Contact Stations/Museums at each site.



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