Rattlesnakes & Ruins

One thing about traipsing around historic sites in Canada you rarely have to worry about the rattlesnakes.

Things are a little different in New Mexico. As you set down the footpath to the Pueblo ruins at Abo & Quaria the sign above greets you. Noted.

The ruins themselves were fascinating even with the absence, thankfully (although I would have liked a photo), of the aforementioned snakes.

Abó is a pueblo ruin in New Mexico that is preserved as part of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. The ruins are located about 9 miles (14 km) west of Mountainair, at about 6100 feet (1859 m) above sea level. They are said to date back to the 14th century. It was a major trading station during its time. There is a visitor contact station, a 0.25 mile (0.4 km) trail through the mission ruins, and a 0.5 mile (0.8 km) trail around the unexcavated pueblo ruins. The site was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1962.[2][3]

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dating from the late 1600s the Franciscan church was the centre of a town that may have reached 1,600 people. Mismanagement by the Spanish and Apache raids meant the sites were abandoned after just a couple of hundred years.