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Red sandstone church ruins covered in snow.
Snow Covered Quarai Church Ruins

NPS Photo by Park Guide Alex Arnold

December's Theme: "Parked" at Home

What is the meaning of a home to you? We all associate different aspects a what makes a place a home. Some people use the tangible definition of a home as a geographic destination. Others attach concepts to their home like comradery, care, safety, and stability. Both meanings can be applied to define what home means to you.

At Salinas, many people called this land their home. For centuries, the pinyon-juniper woodland attracted people to settle because of the abundance of wildlife, soil suitible for farming, and semi-consistent water source. To many, the Estancia basin and the surrounding area was a beacon for life that nestled people between the warmer lowlands of the Rio Grande valley and the brutally cold highlands of the Manzano mountains.

When you visit the site, put yourself into the shoes of the people of the past. What do you find attractive at the park? What speaks to you the most? How can you survive in this habitat? Feel free to post your feelings using the hashtag #ParkedAtHome. The National Park Service has countless virtually visit opportunites. Find Your "Virtual" Park and have fun with virtual games and challenges.

Make sure to take advantage of the opportunities at your parks! Take a scenic hike on the one mile Spanish Corral Trail, participate in our Junior Ranger Program, or for our young at heart, the Senior Ranger Program, and walk our interpretive loop trails at the sites. With the high desert coming alive, check our event calendar frequently for ranger led programs from dark sky events to history programs! Salinas is a great place to go birding, watch wildlife, and to emmerse yourself into a natural environment like cultures have done for centuries. Maybe you'd like to try volunteering at your favorite site. If so, contact us to express your interest!

Last updated: December 6, 2022

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