Category Archives: Southwest History

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

In the middle of New Mexico are three distinct sites which make up Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. The visitor center for the monument is located in the town of Mountainair. Three large groups of ruins at Gran Quivira, Abó, … Continue reading

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Capulin Volcano National Monument

Capulin Volcano National Monument in northeastern New Mexico is significant in a variety of ways. This monument has several stories wrapped around it: geological, archaeological, and historical. Our visit was during the pandemic and the Visitor Center was not open … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon National Park -the “Big Reveal”

We’ve been to the Grand Canyon a number of times but this spring we took two grandkids who had not been there before. Of course in describing the Grand Canyon, it is always “no matter how many pictures you’ve seen … Continue reading

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Mesa Verde National Park

We’ve been to Mesa Verde National Park a number of times but this was the first time in the winter. We very nearly had the park to ourselves, the sun was shining brightly and there was only a slight wind … Continue reading

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El Malpais National Monument

In September on our way to Phoenix, we made a slight detour to visit El Malpais National Monument and National Conservation Area southwest of Grants, New Mexico. El Malpais – the “badland” – is a landscape that encompasses volcanic cones, … Continue reading

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Pecos National Historical Park

The Upper Pecos Valley in New Mexico has served as a corridor between the Great Plains and the southwestern high country for thousands of years. As a result, Pecos National Historical Park has layer upon layer of history. The park … Continue reading

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Fort Union National Monument, New Mexico

Fort Union sits in ruins on the plains of eastern New Mexico and has a story to tell. The adobe ruins that are visible from quite a distance are the third iteration of Fort Union. Located strategically on the Santa … Continue reading

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