De Profundis Concert at Quarai Monument

Once again, the de Profundis annual concert at Quarai on Sunday, September 15 opens the twentieth season of de Profundis concerts. The theme for this year’s concert is “Homeward: Songs of Longing and Return.” Quarai is a unique space – a 17th century Spanish mission church, abandoned in the 1670s – part of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. The monument is one of the three “salt missions” on the Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway. The top part of the church is open, and yet the acoustics in the stone walls are wonderful.

The concert starts at 3:00 pm and is free of charge. Arrive early with your picnic lunch – and make sure to make time before or after the concert to tour the grounds of Quarai. And don’t forget your water, head cover, and sunscreen!

The Quarai Mission Ruins of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument are located north of Mountainair on NM55 and south of Tijeras on NM55. Rain location is the Mountainair Elementary School Gym.

For more information about de Profundis, their music, and concert schedule, go to


de Profundis Returns to Quarai for New Season

The Albuquerque a cappella men’s ensemble will begin its 2012-2013 season with its annual free admission concert at the Quarai Mission ruins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 16. The theme for this year is Light in the Soul: Songs of Hope and Healing. For details see the poster here, or go to


ImageWelcome to the new on-line home of the Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway!

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!