TWO PONYZ RANCH

Two Ponyz Ranch sits on land that holds an important place in New Mexico’s history. The Abo ruins, just a short trail ride from Two Ponyz, were once a Tompiro Indian village identified by Don Juan de Oñate in 1598. Pronounced Abó (probably meaning “water bowl”), the pueblo was beneficially positioned on a major east-west trade route through Abo Pass, a shallow gap that divides the Manzano and Los Pinos Mountains. A well-worn footpath that was part of a larger trade route system between 1300 and 1600, the Abo Pass is now a scenic byway that begins east of Belen, follows NM 47 southeast to US 60, and links El Camino Real National Scenic Byway and the Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway. The Mission of San Gregorio was founded next to the Abo pueblo in 1629 and a large church and convent were constructed. The church’s enormous walls have mostly survived, even though the pueblo and mission were abandoned (like neighboring Gran Quivira and Quarai) because of relentless Apache raids before the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. The Abo ruins are now part of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument.

Abo Pass also has a significant place in Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railway history. In fact, in 1900 when the AT&SF RR proposed a route through Abo Pass, Kansas newspaper man John W. Corbett and his friend Col. E.C. Manning came to a site at the summit of the pass and, noting the pleasant summer breezes from the Manzano Mountains, named the new community Mountainair. Two Ponyz Ranch and Abo ruins are a convenient distance from the center of Mountainair.

(Sources: the following websites and Robert Julyan’s The Place Names of New Mexico, University of New Mexico Press, 1998.)

For more information on the history of, and opportunities to explore, the area, visit these link:

The Salt Missions Trail

Two Ponyz Ranch also backs up to the Mountainair District of the Cibola National Forest, an extensive national forest that covers several Western states and offers both preservation of natural resources as well as opportunities for the public to enjoy recreational activities such as hiking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, and skiing.

For more information on, and opportunities to explore the area, check out:

USDA Forest Service - Mountainair District

http://mountainairarts.blogspot.com/

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National Park Service - Salinas Pueblo Missions

Salinas Pueblo Missions Wiki

Great Outdoor Recreation Pages

National Forests - Cibola

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