Gran Quivira Ruins

Round Trip Distance: 0.6 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 6500 - 6554 feet
Cellphone: 0-3 bars
Time: 45 mins.
Trailhead: Visitor Center
Fee: none
Attractions: Spanish mission, pueblo

The Gran Quivira Ruins are located 25 miles south of Mountainair, New Mexico and are part of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument along with the Ab√≥ Ruins, 9 miles west of Mountainair, and the Quarai Ruins, 8 miles north of Mountainair. The grayish-green colored limestone from which the ruins are constructed contrasts with the more reddish sandstone construction found at the other sites. Another big difference between Gran Quivira and the other sites is that it wasn't built near a source of water like a stream or spring and yet it was the largest of the Salinas pueblos.