Salinas Pueblo Missions: Spending a Day in the Ancient Cities
I recently discovered that New Mexico has thirteen national monuments – tying us with Arizona for the most in the U.S. So what is a national monument?
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It’s time to start planning that great American tradition, the summer road trip! The official driving season kicks off on Memorial Day, when 31 million people embark on road trips. In fact, nearly 76% of all summer vacations are road trips. Although the top destinations are Disney World and Yellowstone, don’t overlook the natural beauty, extensive history, and mix of cultures found in the Southwest.
Southwest Compass hit the internet eighteen months ago. It came to life after we attended a TBEX (travel bloggers) conference in Breckenridge Colorado. Armed with a bunch of information, we carefully crafted the blog with a focus and an agenda. We hit the “publish” button and watched what happened.
We are running an ongoing series about national monuments in New Mexico. Did you read the first post: Salinas Pueblo Missions?
El Malpais National Monument is so vast that we are dividing it into two parts. This post deals with the half of the monument located on Highway 117. Next month, we’ll focus on the other side, which runs alongside Highway 53.