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Join us as we walk through the third of the Pueblos that we visited in the Salinas Pueblo National Monument: Gran Quivira. The is the largest in this group and is also unusual because it’s made with white rock instead of red like all of the others. It’s amazing to imagine what it must have been like to live there. Though it had to have been a tough desert life, they also had those amazing desert views.

Join us next time as we drive up the steepest mountain road that I remember with sheer drop-offs, and with the reward of a spectacular view from the campground at the top as well as much cooler temperatures! Thank you so much for hiking with us!

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Join us as we explore the Abo site of the Salinas Missions National Monument. There are 3 sites within this monument that are a quick drive from Mounainair. This one is made of all red rock and has pretty large ruins of the village and church. Amazing to imagine what it must have been like when it was a thriving town.

Join us next time for a pueblo ruins built in white volcanic rock instead of the red we’ve been seeing! Thank you so much for hiking with us!

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We head southeast of our campsite to tour the ancestral pueblo village of Quarai and then drive on to the small town of Mountainair to visit the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument visitor’s center for several ancestral pueblo villages in the area and all of the amazing murals and mosaic artwork all around town.

Join us next time to see more ancestral pueblo villages and some of the Mountainair shops and restaurants. Thank you so much for hiking with us!

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Join us as we set up camp at Manzano Mountains State Park in New Mexico, an hour southeast of Albuquerque. We find a nice treed spot to hang our hammocks, check out the park trails, and are joined by a sneaky squirrel for breakfast!

Join us for future adventures as we check out the Salinas Mission Pueblos. Thank you so much for hiking with us!

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We visit Jemez Historic Site situated among the amazing red mesas and canyons, with a huge red-rock San Jose de Los Jemez church built by hand and the ruins of a 500 year old Indian village. It’s amazing to think these people lived here in this mysterious, beautiful land. And in fact the modern-day Jemez people currently still live nearby in the Jemez (Walatowa) Pueblo.

Then we head to Albuquerque and get some intersting food along the way!

Join us next time as we start heading further south towards the Manzano Mountains, which also have an amazing but different desert look. Thank you so much for hiking with us!

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After our hot hike this morning at Tsankawi ancestral pueblo site, we head to the McDonald’s in Los Alamos for some wifi and food! Then our car struggles to climb up the steep mountain pass to Valles Caldera National Preserve, which is the remnants of a huge super-volcano. The only thing that grows in the huge volcanic crater is grass, on which herds of elk and funny prairie dogs thrive. Also we see a lot of fire damage from previous fires and begin to understand why they closed the National Forests due to high risk of fire damage while we were there.

Next come with us as we see the Jemez Pueblo ancestral pueblo missions in the amazing New Mexico desert scenery. Thank you so much for hiking with us!

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Dave and I take a quick hike on the Tsankawi Prehistoric Sites trail at Bandelier National Monument where we see the ruins of cool cliff dwellings where the ancestral pueblo people could get out of the heat and a mesatop ruin of a very large pueblo with many houses.

This trail was so much fun, climbing all over the ladders and into caves and into deeply worn paths in the volcanic rock. Please come along with us and see the ruins!

Join us next time to see Alcove House Santa Fe and the Valles Caldera supervolcano cone! Thank you so much for hiking with us!

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