The  Ruins at Quarai


    I'm not sure a more beautiful place exists on the earth than Quarai. The red stone walls of this old Spanish mission are breathtaking. The mission was established in 1629 on an already existing Tiwa Indian pueblo and abandoned by 1671 due to lack of water and constant raids by other Indian tribes. Quarai, along with Abo and Gran Quivara, form the Salinas National Monument.


  • COUNTY:  Torrance
  • LOCATION:  10 miles northwest of Mountainair
  • NAME ORIGIN:  From the Tiwa Indians' original name for the area, Kuah-aye
  • GNIS Info & Map


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Grass and sky form a
protective barrier around
the mission walls.