The Gardens of Abo, Quarai, and Gran Quivira

Field Trip

Friday, April 29, 2016, 8:00 am–8:00 pm, $275 per person

Abo at SalinasAbo at Salinas

Photo courtesy of the National Park Service,

Abo at Salinas

Photo courtesy of the National Park Service,

The historical significance of the pueblos of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument cannot be overlooked by those who study the Southwest, and neither can the remarkable history of its gardens and site design that stretches over a thousand years. The three sites - Abo, Quarai, and Gran Quivira (Las Humanas) - presented challenges and opportunities to the Ancestral Puebloans who mastered trading with their neighbors, gardening well in poor soil, and catching water from snowfall and erratic rains in efficient, ingenious ways. The arrival of the Spaniards added new dimensions to their lives and landscape architecture. Our trip leader is Professor Baker H. Morrow, landscape architect, founder of the New Mexico State Historic Landscape System, and author of several books on historic architecture and landscape design.

Activity Level: Moderate (walk unassisted at least 2 miles over the day; paved and unpaved paths)

Fee: $275 per person - Includes transportation, trip leader honorarium, water, lunch, and light snack

Limited to 20 people

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