Holiday Closures and Other Activities at Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

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Date: December 20, 2016
Contact: Dixie Boyle, (505) 847-2585

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument has numerous events and programs planned for the upcoming season. With Gran Quivira’s recent designation as a Dark Sky Park, sky parties and other sky gazing activities will be presented throughout the year.

Mission, pueblo and petroglyph tours are available upon request depending on weather conditions and staffing. Both junior ranger and senior ranger booklets are available for those wanting to learn about the history, plants and animals of the area. For families traveling during the holidays, these learning activities can enhance your visit. Those completing the Senior Ranger Program earn a Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument pin.

The second year for the Winter Lecture Series will begin on Saturday, February 4 and end on Saturday, February 25. Park Guides—Dixie Boyle and Donna Deiner will kick off the lecture series on February 4 with a living history presentation on the Fight for the Preservation of Gran Quivira.

Boyle will dress up as Clara Corbin, who homesteaded the mission site at Gran Quivira and was interested in the treasure she hoped to find there. Donna Deiner will portray Virginia McClurg who wanted to preserve the history and save the artifacts for future generations.

Award winning author Robert Julyan will present a lecture on February 11. His talk, titled Lost Treasures in the Southwest—What we Seek, What We Find, will cover information for a new book. Julyan is best known for his popular and informative book on Place Names of New Mexico.

Ron Fields, the Archaeologist at Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument will present a lecture on February 18. The title of his talk is: Native American Games & their Applicability to Prehistoric/Petroglyphs at Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. Field’s lecture will cover the various games discovered at Abo and other sites in the Southwest and how they relate to similar games played by the Plains tribes and others throughout the United States.

The lecture series will conclude on Saturday, February 25 with a final lecture by Patrick Brady, the senior scientist at Sandia National Laboratories. Brady will discuss: Over-Engineered Antelope, Missing Bones & Other Geologic Mysteries. Brady has authored over twenty peer-reviewed journal articles, books and book chapters, and eleven patents in the fields of geochemistry, water treatment, enhanced oil recovery, nuclear waste disposal and climate change.

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument will be closed on Christmas Day—December 25, 2016 and New Year’s Day—January 1, 2017. All three sites: Abo, Gran Quivira and Quarai plus the monument headquarters in Mountainair will be open the remainder of the holiday season and the public is encouraged to visit one or all of the sites. 

Last updated: December 21, 2016

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Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
PO Box 517

Mountainair, NM 87036-0517


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