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A Virtual Salt Missions Trail 

Scenic Byway &Cultural Corridor

The Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway and Cultural Corridor (pdf map) runs along a historic, winding wagon road from the Village of Tijeras in the mountain pass east of Albuquerque, winds along the eastern slopes of the Manzano and Manzanita Mountains through the Spanish land grant towns and the Cibola National Forest, follows the prehistoric trade route of the Salinas Pueblo Missions, and past the abandoned railroad right-of-way along the edge of the Estancia Basin's salt lakes and prairie. It closes the loop by following a 24 mile segment of the major transcontinental highway, Historic Route 66, back to the Village of Tijeras. A 25-1/2 mile extension southward connects the Gran Quivera mission site.

The Salt Missions Trail was established as a New Mexico Scenic Byway in 1998 to generate a sense of regional community, increase economic development opportunities, and preserve area historic and cultural resources. The organization responsible for the Corridor Management Plan no longer exists. In 2010, the Federal Scenic Byway Program awarded a grant to MRCOG to update the 1998 Plan and work with local communities to reestablish a Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway Organization.

Salinas Visitors Center, Mountainair

About Mountainair Online's Virtual SMT Project ~ a work in progress, Virtual SMT will create, curate and post Salt Missions Trail resources, links and images. The Pinterest board (link below) was our SMT first project. Mountainair Online invites the Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway Organization, community representatives, SMT supporters andMRCOG to use and share our links and resources. The more pages and the more sharing, the bigger the SMT digital footprint and web presence.
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Scenic BywayManagement
Along the Trail
More about the Trail

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Communities along the Trail
  • Tijeras
  • Chilili
  • Tajique
  • Torreon
  • Manzano
  • Punta de agua
  • Mountainair
  • Willard
  • Estancia
  • McIntosh
  • Moriarty
  • Edgewood
  • Government entities & agencies
    • MRCOG
    • Torrance County
    • Municipalities
    • Land Grants
    • NPS
    • Forest Service
    • USDA
    • School Districts
  • NGOs
    • Chambers of Commerce
    • Arts Councils
    • Historical / Archeaological 

  • Prehistoric
  • Pre-Columbian
  • La Entrada
  • Spanish Territory (Viceroyality of New Spain)
  • Mexico
  • U.S. Territory
  • Railroad 
  • Homesteading
  • Statehood
Corridor Projects
  • Signage / SMT Markers
  • Murals
  • Education
  • Virtual
Happening along the Trail
  • TCAS Annual Meeting, April 20-22, 2012
  • TCAS monthly meetings
  • Friends of Tijeras Pueblo meetings
  • Mountainair Mural Project Mosaic Workshop
  • Centennial along the Trail
  • local festivals 

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