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Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
Yes
Guided tours
No
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The historic Abo Ruins sit at the southern end of the Manzano Mountains and west of the town of Mountainair. This half-mile trail circles the Abo Mission and Pueblo ruins. Visitors can start on the trail at the visitor center and work in a counter clockwise loop. A few hundred yards from the visitor center is the ruin itself, where visitors can spends a good amount of time exploring the structure and learning about the history. Spanish explorers arrived in 1581 and began to convert the Indigenous People. The trail takes visitors through the church and tours rooms such as a circular kiva that were products of the Puebloan culture.  

The Manzano Mountains provide for a beautiful backdrop to the ruins, and as visitors continue around the trail they will learn about the natural resources the first inhabitants of the area relied on. While this trail is short, it is a great insight to the history of the area. The trail is completely paved as well, making it very family friendly.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Pros

Mountain views.

Cons

Far away from other trails.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Features

ADA accessible
Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Historically significant
Native artifacts

Location

Field Guide

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