The Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau has provided these local attractions near their area.
Gateway Park: Farmington Museum & Visitors Center
Welcome to the gateway of the Four Corners. Whether you are interested in exploring Southwest Indian ruins, playing golf at Pinon Hills or fly-fishing on the San Juan River, Gateway Park is the best place to jump-start your adventure. Gateway Park is centrally located at 3041 East Main St. in Farmington. Visitors can enjoy the exhibit “From Dinosaurs to Drill Bits”, the story of oil and gas in the San Juan Basin, celebrating Farmington history. Lectures on various exhibits and the history of the region are offered. During the year, festivals, concerts and events celebrating cultural and ethnic heritage enhance the offerings at Gateway Park Museum and Visitors Center.
Angel Peak Scenic Area
A 40 million-year-old geological formation surrounded by badlands, the “Angel” raises its wings over the sculpted and shaded colors of the surrounding high desert.
There are overlooks and a short trail to explore. The scenic area offers primitive camping and picnic areas with grates, tables and vault toilets. No water or other
services are available. Angel Peak is located 16 miles south of Bloomfield on
Hwy. 550, traveling east on CR 7175 over six miles of gravel road.
Aztec Ruins National Monument
From A.D. 1050 to 1300, the ancestors of the modern-day
pueblo people constructed and used this monumental network of public and ceremonial structures, roadways, multi-storied buildings and smaller residential buildings. The community functioned as a center for trade, as well as public and ceremonial events. The Great Kiva, reconstructed in 1934, is the only reconstructed kiva of its kind. The monument became a World Heritage site in 1987. Today, a visitor center and museum acquaints travelers with the history and culture of the ancestral Pueblo. A nearly one-half mile, self-guided trail winds through excavated structures. Hours are 8am – 6pm Memorial Day through Labor Day and 8am – 5pm the rest of the year. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Entry to the monument is located 14 miles east of Farmington on Hwy. 516 on Ruins Road.
#84 CR 2900, Aztec, NM 87410
Petrified logs and other fossils are scattered among the numerous colorful landforms and unique geological features of this federally protected area. The best formations can be reached by hiking 2 miles east from the Bisti parking area for exceptional hiking and photography opportunities. Primitive camping is possible, but no services or water are available. The wilderness area is located 37 miles south of Farmington on Hwy. 371, traveling 2 miles down CR 7297, which is a gravel road.
This 12,000-acre ranch, wildlife preserve and experimental farm turned 50 years old in 2007 and is owned and operated by Tommy Bolack. Tours of the two museums on the ranch, featuring wildlife and collections of antique farm machinery and electricity-generating equipment, are offered on the hour by appointment. Walk-ins are welcome if room is available, call for additional information. The B-Square Ranch welcomes visitors year-round. The ranch is located south of Farmington on Hwy. 64. 3901 Bloomfield Hwy., Farmington NM
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Chaco Canyon was a major regional center of Ancestral Puebloan culture from A. D. 850 to 1200. The park preserves the impressive remains of the Chacoan great houses, monumental public buildings whose planning and construction spanned hundreds of years. The finely crafted masonry, geometric layout of the building, the associated great kiva, earthen mounds and Chacoan “roads” are hallmarks of the magnificent Chacoan culture. Visitors are constantly captivated by Chaco Canyon. A visitor center and campground are on-site, but no additional services are
offered. The visitors center is open 8am – 5pm; closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Hiking trails are open 7am to sunset year-round. Cost is $8 per car. Camping is $10 per night. Travel 75 miles south of Farmington on Hwy. 550. From Hwy. 550, turn right on CR 7900. Travel 5 miles and take the turn onto CR 7950. Travel 16 miles, 13 of which are dirt roads that can become impassible in inclement weather. If possible, call in advance to ensure the road is passable.
PO Box 220, Nageezi, NM 87037
(505) 786-7014 ext. 221
Navajo Lake State Park
With 150 miles of beautiful shoreline fed by three rivers (San Juan, Los Pinos and Piedra), Navajo Lake offers a variety of recreational opportunities: camping, picnicking, boating, swimming, water skiing, marinas and some of the best river and lake fishing in the Southwest. The park is handicap-accessible. Navajo Lake is located 45 miles northeast of Farmington on Hwy. 173, 550 and 511.
1448 NM Hwy. 511 #1
Navajo Dam, NM 87419
Outdoor Summer Theater
Experience local theater at the beautiful natural sandstone amphitheater at Lions Wilderness Park from mid-June to early August.
Performances are Thursdays – Saturdays.
Concessions are available.
Salmon Ruins & Heritage Park
Salmon Pueblo, one of the largest outlying colonies of Chaco Canyon, was built in the Chacoan architectural style during the 11th century. The museum’s exhibits display
prehistoric pottery and other fascinating artifacts, such as Navajo and Spanish cultural items. Heritage Park is comprised of replica dwellings and habitations forming a “timeline of San Juan Basin history.” A picnic area is available. Heritage Park is open daily 8am – 5pm; November through March, Sunday hours are
noon – 5pm. Admission is $3 per adult, $2 per senior, $1 per child 6 – 16, children under 6 are free. Located 10 miles east of Farmington on Hwy. 64.
6131 Hwy. 64, Bloomfield, NM 87413
A mass of igneous rock flanked by long upright walls of solidified lava, Shiprock Pinnacle is sacred to the Navajo, who call it Tse’ Bit’a’i, “The Rock with Wings.” The dramatic formation is best viewed from Hwy. 64 west of Farmington, or south of Shiprock on Hwy. 491. Because of the sacred nature of the Shiprock Pinnacle,
climbing is not permitted.
Wines of the San Juan Vineyard, Winery & Tasting Room
A boutique winery destination, offering a simple and relaxing atmosphere for those seeking a short escape following a rugged quest of canyon exploration or fly fishing
adventure on the Quality Waters of the San Juan River. Located at Turley and offering guests a taste of New Mexico made wines for every palate, from fruity and fanciful to dry and award-winning works of art.
Open Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm and noon – 6pm on
Sundays. Closed Tuesdays. Take Hwy. 64 east of
Bloomfield 11 miles to Hwy. 511, then north 2.3 miles to the winery. A picnic area is available.
233 Hwy. 511, Blanco, NM 87412
Four Corners Area Attractions Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Canyons sheltered the Ancestral Puebloans from inclement weather and danger for centuries and served as an ancestral stronghold for the Navajo. A visitors center, campground and lodging facilities are available. Admission is free and guides are available at an additional cost. The monument is 135 miles southwest of Farmington via Hwy. 491.
Hwy. 160 PO Box 588
Chinle, AZ 86503
Four Corners Monument
The monument marks the only point in the United States where four states meet.
A new plaza and interpretive panels were unveiled in September 2010.
An Indian marketplace with hand-worked crafts operates daily. Cost is $3 per person. Located 60 miles northwest of Farmington on Hwy. 160.
Navajo Parks & Recreation
PO Box 2520
Window Rock, AZ 86515
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
This historic coal-fired, steam-powered, narrow gauge train travels through the wilderness of the San Juan National Forest between Durango and Silverton in southwestern Colorado. Trains run daily from early May to late October. Winter trains run Thanksgiving through early May and there is a Rail Yard Museum with Yard tours. The station is 45 miles north of Farmington on Hwy. 550.
479 Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301
Mesa Verde National Park
This cultural park has been designated as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1978. Its concentration of well-preserved, mesa-top sites and cliff dwellings were built by the Ancestral Puebloans between A.D. 550 and 1300.
A museum is open year round 8am – 5pm with extended summer hours. The campground is open mid-May to mid-October. Park entrance is $15 per vehicle
Memorial Day through Labor Day, or $10 per vehicle otherwise. $8 per person by foot, bicycle or bus, Memorial Day to Labor Day, otherwise $5. Tickets are required for ranger-led tours to some cliff dwellings. Mesa Verde is 75 miles north on Hwy. 491/Hwy. 160 near Mancos, CO.
Enchanting landscapes of dramatic mesas, buttes and fragile pinnacles, in a striking palette of red and orange, cross the border from southeast Utah to northwest Arizona. A hotel, visitor center, gift shop and restaurant are on-site and open year round. Explore a two-hour self-guided loop and keep an eye out for flocks of sheep. Independent access to the valley is limited; vehicle and horseback tours led by Navajo guides can be arranged. The park is open 8am – 5pm with extended summer hours. Park entry is $5 per person, all Native Americans and children 9 and under are free. The Valley is located 131 miles west of Farmington on Hwy. 64 to Hwy. 160 and north on Hwy. 163 at Kayenta, AZ.
PO Box 360289
Monument Valley, UT 84536
(435) 727-5870 or 5874