Mountainair’s Native American Sites
New Mexico’s historic Quarai, Abo, and Gran Quiviri ruins.
This park’s three little-visited ruin sites illuminate the fascinating history of the region’s indigenous Puebloans and Spanish colonists. Made mostly of red sandstone and limestone, the buildings are well preserved. Abo and Quarai both stand an impressive 40-feet high; Gran Quivira has 300 rooms, many dating back to 1300. The park’s visitors’ center is being temporarily relocated so check nps.gov for updates.
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Drop by the visitor center for a map; then visit the three different ruin sites—Quarai, Abó, and Gran Quivira—that contain remains of 17th-century Spanish missions.
Rescued and restored in 2005 following years of neglect, the Shaffer Hotel is one of the state’s rare remaining Pueblo–Art Deco structures. Rooms are basic, with claw-foot tubs and Southwest prints. Reserve a table at the colorful dining room where you can dine on authentic New Mexican dishes, such as posole (a spicy stew made with hominy, pork, and green chiles).