Located 28 miles from the park on US Route 60, the mission was constructed in the mid 1600’s, the center of a thriving community at the time. Abo is a wonderful reminder of New Mexico’s Spanish heritage. — Population during early mission days was probably two thousand. Prior to the Pueblo Rebellion of 1680, the village was abandoned because of Apache raids. The ruins have been excavated by the Museum of New Mexico and were declared a state monument on August 30, 1939. Abo is said to have been dedicated to San Gregorio, patron saint of the old city of Abo, Finland, but the name is a Piro Indian word used for the pueblo in 1598, whereas the mission was not established until thirty years afterward.
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