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Once, thriving American Indian trade communities of Tiwa and Tompiro 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 four mission churches, at Quarai, Ab?, and Gran Quivira and the partially excavated pueblo of Las Humanas or, as it is known today, Gran Quivira. Established in 1980 through the combination of two New Mexico State Monuments and the former Gran Quivira National Monument, the present Monument comprises a total of 1,100 acres.



Email - SAPU_Superintendent@nps.gov

Fax- 505-847-2441

Write to
P.O. Box 517
Mountainair, NM 87036-0517

- or -
Corner of Ripley and Broadway
Mountainair, NM 87036

Visitor Information - 505-847-2585


Operating Hours, Seasons
Daily-summer hours (Memorial Day - Labor Day): 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Winter hours (rest of the year): 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Getting There
PLANE - To Park: Air transportation, Amtrak, and bus service to Albuquerque. Access by Interstate Highways (I-40, I-25), state highway (NM 55, NM 60), and National Park Service access roads.

CAR - DIRECTIONS: The Mountainair headquarters can be reached by taking I-25 south from Albuquerque to Belen, then NM 47 diagonally to US 60, then east 21 miles to Mountainair. To travel the historic highway route from the north, take I-40 east from Albuquerque to NM 337, drive south 54 miles to Mountainair. Information on the Quarai, Ab?, and Gran Quivira ruins, as well as the surrounding area, are provided by National Park Service rangers at all three ruins and park headquarters.

Ab?: Ruins are 9 miles west on US 60 and one-half mile north on NM 513. Telephone: (505) 847-2400.

Gran Quivira: Ruins are 26 miles south on NM 55. Telephone: (505) 847-2770.

Quarai: Ruins are 8 miles north on NM 55 and 1 mile west. Telephone: (505) 847-2290.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - In Park: No commercial transportation. Personal vehicle, bicycle, motorcycle.

Weather & Climate
CLIMATE, RECOMMENDED CLOTHING: Generally mild, dry summers, occasional snow in winter, fierce winds in spring. Walking shoes and sportswear in summer, light outerwear in winter are recommended.

Accessibility: All four sites are partially wheelchair accessible. The trail at Ab? is hard-surfaced. Handicapped restrooms are available at all sites. Special Needs: Braille text available on request at each unit. A captioned AV program is available at headquarters. Parking areas are designated and designed for special needs vehicles.


Visitor Centers
Open All Year
Closures - The monument is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.
Special Programs - Heritage Preservation Week in May offers visitors and students a chance to gain hands-on experience in ruins stabilization. Occasionally, Holy Mass and fiestas are scheduled at specific units. The Gran Quivira Conference is held at the monument every three years. An open house in December offers a book sale and tour of the administrative offices. Special education programs in conjunction with the local schools are scheduled sporadically throughout the school year. Contact the park for more information.

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Campgrounds Nearby
List of Nearby Campgrounds

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These outdoors activities are available near Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument.
 Campgrounds Near Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument:
Turner Inn and RV Park, Mountainair, 0 miles away
Manzano Mountains State Park, Mountainair, 10 miles away
Enchanted Moon, Escondido, 11 miles away
Camp Inlow, Torreon, 12 miles away
Red Canyon Campground, Torrance County, 13 miles away
Red Canyon, Mountainair, 13 miles away
New Canyon Campground, Torrance County, 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument:
Super 8 Moriarty, Moriarty , 30 miles away
Best Western Moriarty Heritage Inn, Moriarty , 30 miles away
Quality Inn Moriarty, Moriarty , 31 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Edgewood, Edgewood , 31 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Moriarty, Moriarty , 32 miles away
Ramada Albuquerque East, Albuquerque , 34 miles away
Quality Inn Albuquerque, Albuquerque , 36 miles away
 Trails Near Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument:
Ox Canyon Trail, Torrance County , 13 miles away
Kayser Mill Trail, Torrance County , 14 miles away
Crest Trail, Torrance County , 15 miles away
Bosque Trail, Torrance County , 18 miles away
Cerro Blanco Trail, Torrance County , 19 miles away
 Ski Areas Near Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument:
Sandia Peak, New Mexico , 41 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Ski Apache, New Mexico , 71 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 55 runs
Ski Santa Fe, New Mexico , 79 miles away, 1725 foot drop, 7 lifts, 69 runs
Pajarito Mountain, New Mexico , 79 miles away, 1410 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
 Public Lands Near Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument:
Petroglyph National Monument, Albuquerque - NM , 48 miles away
Manzano Mountains State Park, New Mexico , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Estancia Park Lake, Torrance County , 18 miles away

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