Events & Activities

  • 4th of July Firework Jubilee
  • Annual Sunflower Art FestivalSaturday, August, 2018 at the Dr. Saul Community Center and other town locations – visit for more information
  • WEEKLY – (Spring & Summer) Farmer’s Market 9:00 am to 3:00pm
    Salinas National Monument Parking Lot
  • GYMKHANA RODEO SERIES – Coming May 2017


Preserved within this monument are 17th-century Spanish churches. The monument includes the ruins of three Indian pueblos and four Spanish Missions. A stop at the Visitor Center on U.S. 60 in Mountainair will orient you to the three sites. A museum display and audio-visual program will provide you with information on these sites. The Visitor Center and ruins are open daily year-round except December 25th and January 1st.

San Gregorio was one of the finest and most architecturally sophisticated churches of its time.

Over 300 pueblo rooms and two churches can be seen along the self-guided trial.

The red stone walls of this mission church offer striking insight into 17th century design.

Located 13 miles northwest of Mountainair off NM 55, this lovely park features three miles of interconnected trails and 18 campsites.

Part of the Cibola National Forest, the Mountainair Ranger District has seven developed recreation areas for those who like a prepared camping or picnic area. There are also areas for camper and horse-trailer parking.

On a broad avenue (US 60) reminiscent of a western movie, Mountainair offers unique shops, art galleries, restaurants, a café, and a well-stocked grocery. Travelers can choose from our landmark hotel, motels, RV park, and luxury bed and breakfasts in town or more quiet and remote accommodations near town.

The Shaffer Hotel, listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places, was designed and built by Clem “Pop” Shaffer in 1923. This Pueblo Deco Style hotel features a dining room and antique shop. Pop’s original folk art stone fence and gazebo park attract visitors from far and wide. A favorite site for weddings, music and poetry gatherings, the hotel is one block south of highways 60 and 55.  CURRENTLY CLOSED

Rancho Bonito, built in 1937 by Pop Shaffer, is another outstanding example of Pueblo Deco architecture. Pueble Deco was the Southwest’s version of Art Deco, popular in the 1920’s and 1930’s.  CURRENTLY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

The Dr. Robert J. Saul Recreation Center, which is located next to Town Hall, was built from funds established by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930’s and is now a gathering place for several community and regional events.