|Along the Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway, about an hour southeast of Albuquerque, are 3 sites of ruins which make up the Sites of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument Those are the Manzano Mountains in the distance.|
|Panoramic view showing the building 700 year old stone rubble in the mounds|
|the walls stand 40 ft. tall|
The pueblo village of Abo that was in existence before the church was built has not been excavated due to religious beliefs of the ancestors. The mounds or hills is where the pueblo existed at one time.
|The mounds are where the abandoned pueblos collapsed|
|click and enlarge, you can see the pueblo itself was quite established.|
|When the pueblo was occupied and operated as a center for trade trade , the source of water was a spring next to their village. A long lasting drought eventually forced the village and the mission to move on.|
|an interesting tidbit about some of their pottery|