Here you will find information about the Byway and the thirteen communities that share this special resource.
The Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway is 150 scenic miles long. It follows an historic wagon road from the Village of Tijeras in the mountain pass to Albuquerque, south through the Spanish land grant towns of the Manzanita and Manzano Mountains, along the prehistoric trade route of the Salinas Pueblo Missions, and then north beside the abandoned right-of-way of the Santa Fe Central Railroad to Moriarty and the US66, the Mother Road, which then carries the traveler back to Tijeras. A southern leg allows the visitor to experience Gran Quivera, one of the three fourteenth century native pueblos along the trail which were later developed as seventeenth century Spanish missions. Central to all of these experiences are the salt lakes, ancient lake beds that provided critical salt supplies to residents and their trading partners until well into the 20th century.
There are thirteen communities along the Byway, each with a unique experience to offer the traveler. We hope that you’ll check back to this site often to find out what’s happening along the Byway, and plan to come spend some time along the Salt Missions Trail!