Gran Quivira National Monument


Even with all of the rain, we left Cibola NF with no problems on any of the roads.

We saw lots of pronghorn (antelope) on our way out. It was the first time we had seen pronghorn this trip. I always love seeing them.

Passed by signs for Gran Quivira, Salinas Pueblo National Monument and decided to stop.

It is a very nice park with great staff and very well preserved/excavated Pueblo ruins/early Spanish Mission site. 

It was a bustling market town before the Spanish, and continued to be so until the mid-1600’s when there was a prolonged drought and the area was abandoned.

Traditional Ancient Puebloan kiva. 

We walked through the trails leading to the extensive excavation and met up the the park ranger while we were among the Pueblo section. She left us while we were in the Spanish mission section. The ruins are quite picturesque.

The similarity and contrast between the Spanish mission and the Ancient Puebloan was interesting.

The weather was almost perfect. It was a little overcast, so it didn’t get too hot. It made for beautiful skies and good light.

I was feeling particularly inspired taking photos, so here are some more.

The park was very quiet although I’m not sure that is true for the summer season. There is a small museum and gift shop.

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  1. Lori

    Nice job with the pictures Emily!

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