Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument Mission Ruins Loop and Spanish Corral Trail

Mountainair, New Mexico 87036

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument Mission Ruins Loop and Spanish Corral Trail

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument: Mission Ruins Loop and Spanish Corral Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument o?ers a few hidden gems in central New Mexico as well as over 700 years of history and culture. The Quarai site features the most complete church ruins in the area.

This 1.5-mile loop ?rst takes hikers on a pleasant stroll through the New Mexico countryside and then through the ruins of the mission church before returning to the small but very informative visitor center."

More Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument: Mission Ruins Loop and Spanish Corral Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is a short day hike around one of the historic Spanish missions of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument.

This easy trail winds through the ruins of the mission church and the surrounding Indian pueblo and onto a hill overlooking Quarai. First, stop in at the visitor center to see the exhibits and get more information. The Quarai Trail Guide is particularly helpful in describing the ruins. It matches numbered markers along the trail. The hike can be hot in midday in summer, but there is some shade along the way. Winters can be cold, but snows are usually short-lived."

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument: Mission Ruins Loop and Spanish Corral Trail Reviews

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A very easy and rewarding day trip about an hour outside of Albuquerque. The ruins are picturesque. See for yourself! There is a ranger station with the usual services and it is an easy hike. Bring the family young and old. Magnificent picnic grounds under ginormous cottonwoods with a beautiful view of the ruins. For photographers, arrive early AM when the sun is on the front of the old church. I spotted several rattlesnakes (off the trail) by the 'Spanish Corral' so be careful. Incorporate this into a longer driving day trip of all 3 Salinas Pueblo ruins (Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument Tijeras to Gran Quivira)
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Trail Information

Mountainair
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
1.5
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the year (closed Thanksgiving Day, Dec 25, and Jan 1)
Season
Views
Features
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, PO Box 517, Mountainair, NM 87036; (505) 847-2585; nps.gov/sapu
Local Contacts
USGS Gran Quivira; trail map available at visitor center
Local Maps