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Quarai Mission at Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

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 Ab√≥ and Gran Quivira.

Here are some photos of the mission church at Quarai and of the area surrounding the mission:

Quarai Mission, view of the entrance

Entrance to Quarai Mission Ruins

Looking back toward the entrance to Quarai Mission

Detail of window over the entrance

I lost Bosque Bill in the labyrinth of rooms on one side of the ruins.

Side view of Quarai Mission ruins.

Partially excavated living areas adjacent to Quarai Mission

A view of Quarai Mission ruins in the distance.

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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