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It’s way, way off the beaten path on the dead end of a mile-long road off State Road 55 north of Mountainair. But if you have the time to take the “scenic route” during a trip to Albuquerque, a visit to the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument is well worth the extra pocket change in gas money. The stones of the Salinas Valley, with its lush vegetation, are faint echoes of the Native American communities that lived there 300 years ago. Pueblo Indians forged a stable agricultural society whose members lived in apartment-like complexes before they left the area in the 1670s. Franciscan friars were already administering and building for the faith in the neighboring pueblos when in 1627 they came to Quarai, a prehistoric and historic unit of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument seen in the photo. The ruins are located about two and a half hours northwest of Roswell. For more information, call 505-847-2585. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)

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