Thing to Do

Visit Gran Quivira

Grey limestone church and pueblo ruins
Mound 7 and the church of San Buenaventura

NPS Photo by Park Guide Alex Arnold

Offering a much different landscape and experience, Gran Quivira was the largest pueblo of the three the park preserves. At its peak, Gran Quivira was home to 1,500-3,000 eastern Tompiro/Jumano people. A true crossroads of culture, Plains people directly interacted and traded with the Pueblo people at Gran Quivira. Located just off the south eastern slope of the Chupadera Mesa, Gran Quivira overlooks the beginning of the great plains to the east, the mountainous region to the west and north, and the Tularosa basin to the south. A true hub of the Pueblo world that connected cultures culturally, socially, and practically. 

At Gran Quivira, you'll see unique grey San Andres limestone ruins of two mission churches, as well as excavated publo structures. Mound 7 stands at the high point of the site and was the largest inhabited pueblo at the site. You'll see a sweeping vista of the rolling countryside and experience a feeling of solitude and connection to this once bustling city center. 

On site you can:
  • Enjoy a .75 interpretive loop trail through the mission and Pueblo of Gran Quivira, also reffered to as Las Humanas
  • Experience the solitude and powerful silence similar to what you would hear in the 16th century
  • Bring a picnic lunch and eat in the picnic area
  • Check out the museum in the visitor center to see unique pottery pieces
  • Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife
  • Check out the event calendar for ranger programs and other special events
30-120 Minutes
Self-Guided Tours - Walking
Pets are welcomed on the interpretive loop trail and must be on a leash at all times. Ask about our BARK Ranger program in the visitor center!
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Gran Quivira
Year Round
Time of Day
Accessibility Information
The interpretive loop trail is paved and accessible for people with mobility impairments. The visitor center and restrooms are onsite also meets these accomodations.

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

Last updated: March 14, 2023