In a previous post in my Photo Feathers blog I wrote about attending the program for International Migratory Bird Day at Quarai Ruins at Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. After the morning birding excursion Bosque Bill and I decided to explore the Quarai Mission ruins.
At one time Native American trade communities of Tiwa and Tomprino-speaking Puebloans inhabited this part of New Mexico. In the early 17th century, Spanish Fransicans built missions in the area. By the late 1670’s the area was largely abandoned because of drought. What remains today are the ruins of the mission church and surrounding structures at Quarai and the ruins of two other mission churches at Abó and Gran Quivira.
Here are some photos of the mission church at Quarai and of the area surrounding the mission:
I lost Bosque Bill in the labyrinth of rooms on one side of the ruins.
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument is a beautiful park in a beautiful park of New Mexico. In addition to the ruins, there are museums, birding, hiking with breathtaking view and lovely places to picnic. It is a wonderful place to visit.
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