Hazardous Conditions Bring Safety Concerns
Due to high winds that are common in Central New Mexico during the Spring, portions of the park may be closed for the safety of visitors and NPS staff. Call ahead for the latest status and conditions. Contact the visitor center at 505-847-2585.
A typical visit to Salinas Pueblo Missions may seem quiet and sometimes may give you the feeling that there is no life, but besides the abundance of birds, especially at Abó and Quarai, you may encounter a porcupine high up in one of the large cottonwoods. Because of the variety of berries you may see tracks from a black bear coming to feed in the evening. Or you may hear a yip from a coyote out in the distance. Many of these animals live on site or fairly close by.
If you are fortunate to observe a mammal, please do so from a distance. Wild animals try to avoid any interaction with humans. Just the sound of the wind rustling leaves will often times cause most animals to take cover.
Most animals will feed at night, leaving only signs such as tracks or scat reminding us that the evening hours are alive with a variety of species.
Did You Know?
The mission of San Gregorio de Abó was started around 1623 and renovated in about 1645. Construction of Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Cuarac at Quaraí was begun in 1627. At Gran Quivira, the small visita church of San Isidro was begun around 1631 and the larger church at Gran Quivira, San Buenaventura, was later started in 1659.