The Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway is a 150-mile Byway in Central New Mexico that celebrates the cultures of native American, Spanish, and Anglo peoples in the thirteen communities and numerous historical and archeaological sites along the Byway. The Byway 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.

Additional information can be found in this video: http://www.newmexico.org/salt-missions-trail/

The purpose of this website is to provide up-to-date information about the Byway and events along it. We hope you’ll check back often.


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