Near Mountainair, New Mexico, sits some of the coolest ruins in the country. The Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument consists of three Spanish Missions amid numerous Pueblo Ruins: Gran Quivira, Abo Ruins & Quarai Mission.

The above image is from the Quarai unit of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument; it is "the smallest of the three units at approximately 90 acres. Pueblo Mounds at the site suggest that prior to Spanish contact, Quarai was a very large pueblo. This fact is mainly due to the presence of a year round water source flowing from springs along Zapato Creek."

The setting is pretty stunning, especially walking among the ruins. It's an easy & interesting half-daytrip outside the MetroABQ. Bring plenty of water...