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505-326-7602
800-448-1240

LOCATION, ETC
212 miles west of Taos; Drive time: 4 hrs.; Elevation: 5,395 ft; Population: 41,000

HISTORY
The history of Farmington can be dated back over 2,000 years ago when the Anasazi "basketmakers" lived in the area that is now known as the "pit houses," and later, in pueblo structures built from sandstone.  

LANDSCAPE
World-class fishing on the San Juan River. Spectacular geological formations such as Angel Peal and Shiprock Pinnacle in the surrounding countryside. Hub of the Four Corners area for American Indian arts and events.

MUST SEE, MUST DO
Spend quiet time along one of Farmington’s rivers, test its nationally ranked Pinon Hills Golf Course, or walk in the footsteps of the Ancestral Puebloans at Salmon Ruins, Aztec Ruins or Chaco Canyon.

ANCIENT CULTURAL SITES TO VISIT
Chaco Cultural National Historical Park, also known as Chaco Canyon  This site preserves the history of ancestral Puebloan people from 850 to 1200AD. Visitors can explore the Chacoan great houses, kivas, and rock art. In addition to a walk through time, visitors can plan to include a solstice observation or a night sky program, as Chaco is an International Dark Sky Park.

Salmon Ruins (pronounced sol-mon) has preserved one of the largest outlying Chaco colonies. Once home to an estimated 200 to 300 people, the living complex was built during the 11th Century by ancestral Puebloans. In addition to exploring ancient homes, visitors can explore homesteads of early pioneers and visit the museum to see collections of jewelry, pottery, and tools.

Aztec Ruins  Take a half-mile self-guided tour and explore ancient ruins built by ancestral Puebloans in the 1100s, including the “Great Kiva”—the largest reconstructed kiva in North America.

Dinetah Rock Art & Pueblitos   Home to more than 200 pueblitos (“little pueblos”) built between 1680 and 1775—defense sites of Navajo people—visitors can walk through the rooms and view rock art depicting animals, humans, weapons, supernatural beings and more, all of which provide an insight into the daily lives of the inhabitants, as well as a look at their religion and culture.

Museum of Navajo Arts & Culture  Located in historic downtown Farmington, the Museum of Navajo Arts & Culture has on exhibit blankets, jewelry, and folk art, and is home to an impressive collection of Navajo rugs and textiles from the early 1900s to today.

For personalized assistance, driving information, and free maps to these sites, visit Farmington's Museum and Visitor Center at 3041 E. Main Street in Farmington.

Photo above: Totah Festival in Farmington by Major Graham.

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Pictured above, the golf course in Farmington by Robert Castellino, Shiprock and Riverwalk, both by Major Graham.

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Find American Indian culture, scenic vistas, world-class fishing and mountain biking in the Four Corners area.

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