This modern slideshow video features the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument in New Mexico. This national park encompasses three separate site locations that can be toured in one day. Camping locally in the neighboring Manzano Mountains State Park or Cibola National Forest enables a more leisurely touring pace. The closest towns are a fair distance away, so it is best to stock up prior to arrival. There are modern conveniences in this park and the cozy picnic areas have shade trees, so be sure to pack a full basket for the venture!
There is plenty to see when walking the grounds of the old Spanish missions and the remnants of the original native villages provide plenty to ponder over. The stone block rubble piles are all that remain of the oldest native pueblos in this park. Some of the walls of pueblos constructed at a much later date during the Spanish mission building era are still intact. There are also several kiva structures next to the villages, which are traditional spiritual places in native culture. The old stone quarry beds can be seen from the pathways and other interesting relics of the past are clearly marked along the trails. The towering stone block missions are in fine shape considering their age, so it is easy to imagine how these historic sites looked long ago.
The history of the Salinas Pueblo region is quite a long story that is well worth looking into. The native villages in this region actually do date back eons of time and the local people were renowned builders. The Spanish laid claim to New Mexico and began establishing church mission complexes in Salinas Pueblo back in the 1600s. The massive church buildings were constructed by native people, but forced labor and sheer brutality was involved. This eventually led to rebellion, loss of infrastructure and famine. The Salinas Pueblo Missions and the villages have been abandoned ever since.
This presentation showcases the Abo, Gran Quivira and Quarai ruins. Plenty of time was spent wandering the grounds, since this was filmed during the peak of Covid 19 and there were literally no other people there. This created an opportunity for an in depth study and plenty of colorful images were captured.
On a side note, the grasslands of New Mexico certainly are rattlesnake territory. The rattlesnakes can be feisty during the warm weather seasons, but the cold temperatures of winter do help to keep them at bay. For this reason it is best to stay on the paved trails and the cool weather seasons are best for a visit.
•Abo Ruins 0:08
•Gran Quivira Ruins 11:11
•Quarai Ruins. 22:28
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