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Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
The three units of the <B>Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument</B> give insight to the earliest meetings of Spanish missionaries and local Puebloan tribes. It is believed that Native American tribes has inhabited the Salinas Valley for 20,000 years. 1598 saw the coming of Spain, led by Juan de Oņate. Thanks to natural disaster, disease and rebellion, this intermingling of people lasted only one hundred years; by the late 17th century the missions were abandon.<BR>
   Hiking opportunities abound here, the system is free and usually free of tourist crowds making it a peaceful and evocative place to explore Native American and colonial history.

Directions: The monument consists of three units. Here are their locations and distances from Mountainair:<UL>
<LI>Abó: Nine miles west along US 60
<LI>Quarai: Eight miles north on NM 55
<LI>Gran Quivira: Twenty-

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  • Written Oct 6, 2002
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