Salinas Pueblo Missions National Park, southeast of Albuquerque

In the early 1600’s, Spanish Franciscans moved to the pueblos near to what is now Mountainair. The pueblos were near salt deposits (so the name Salinas), which held possibilities for trade. Here they and the Pueblo people built churches out of stone. There are three sites to see of the Salinas Pueblo Missions, Quarai, Abo, and Gran Quivira, each several miles apart. You can get there by leaving I40 for Mountainair or exiting I25 just south of Belen at Bernardo.

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Here are the ruins of the ancient pueblo with the church in the background.
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The stone is red at Abo.

There are many opportunities for natural framing shots through old doorways and windows.

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A zoom shot to the top of the ruins
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Cactus Wren at Abo

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