Salt, Societies, and Spirituality: A Tale of Two Cultures.

Tucked away in the middle of New Mexico you’ll find Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument.  Its three distinct sites offer a glimpse into a unique time in history—a time entrenched with cultural borrowing, conflict and struggles.  These sites continue to stand as reminders of the Spanish and Pueblo peoples’ early encounters and prompt exploration of today’s interactions among different people.

A leafy Siberian elm frames the ruins of a red sandstone church at Abó.

Virtual Tour of Abó

Take a tour of Abó from your home! Abó features a short trail to the picturesque mission ruins.

The remains of a church built from grey limestone.

Gran Quivira

Gran Quivira is the most remote of the three sites. If you're interested in visiting excavated Puebloan ruins, you won't want to miss it!

Red stone walls of an old Spanish mission in a desert landscape.


Quarai features the most intact church of the three sites. It is also an amazing place to go birding!

Last updated: August 24, 2020

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Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
PO Box 517

Mountainair, NM 87036-0517


(505) 847-2585

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