Farmington Area Itineraries provided by: Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Option #1

Day 1

Begin the day at Aztec Ruins National Monument (15 miles east of Farmington). This is a Puebloan Ruin over 800 years old, featuring the only fully restored Great Kiva in the southwest. A 700 yard, self-guided trail leads through the portion of the excavated ruins open to the public and through the Great Kiva itself. A visitors center and museum is also on site.

Return to Farmington and visit Farmington Museum & Visitors Center at Gateway Park. Experience a wide variety of exhibits relating to the diverse history of the area’s cultures, traveling exhibits and national and regional juried art shows.

Spend the afternoon enjoying historic downtown Farmington. Browse for American Indian arts and crafts at the many trading posts. Shop for antiques and peruse the contemporary art galleries.

Day 2

Travel 80 miles south to Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Chaco Canyon was once the dwelling place of the Ancestral Puebloan, sometimes referred to as Anasazi, and has been designated a World Heritage Site. Thirteen major ruins now dominate the canyon floor, many containing kivas believing to have religious significance.

Depart for Farmington to enjoy a relaxing evening of Outdoor Summer Theater in a natural sandstone amphitheater. Performances run mid-June through mid-August, Thursday – Saturday evenings.

Day 3

Visit B-Square Ranch. This is a 12,000 acre ranch, wildlife preserve and experimental farm. It offers two museums on the ranch, featuring mounted animals from around the world and a collection of antique farm machinery and electricity-generating equipment. Tours are free but do require a reservation.

Stroll along the River Corridor. This area contains nearly 5 miles of multipurpose trails along the Animas River. At one end of this area, Animas Park, is the Riverside Nature Center. Observe birds and animals from large windows overlooking areas where food and water attract wildlife. Exhibits feature the plants and animals of the riverside with emphasis on historic uses and ecosystems.

Option #2

Day 1

Begin the day at Aztec Ruins National Monument (15 miles east of Farmington). This is a Puebloan Ruin over 800 years old, featuring the only fully restored Great Kiva in the southwest. A 700 yard, self-guided trail leads through the portion of the excavated ruins open to the public and through the Great Kiva itself. A visitors center and museum is also on site.

Return to Farmington and visit Farmington Museum & Visitors Center at Gateway Park. Experience a wide variety of exhibits relating to the diverse history of the area’s cultures, traveling exhibits and national and regional juried art shows.

Spend the afternoon enjoying historic downtown Farmington. Browse for American Indian arts and crafts at the many trading posts. Shop for antiques and peruse the contemporary art galleries.

Day 2

Spend the day attending the Four Corners Storytelling Festival (Annual October event-call 800-448-1240 for exact dates) at Berg Park. National and local storytellers of all ages showcase their talents. This event is fun for anyone interested in cowboy poetry, ghost stories, folklore and cultural tales.
While at Berg Park, enjoy the River Corridor. This area contains nearly 5 miles of multipurpose trails along the Animas River.

Day 3

Travel 80 miles south to Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Chaco Canyon was once the dwelling place of the Ancestral Puebloan, sometimes referred to as Anasazi, and has been designated a World Heritage Site. Thirteen major ruins now dominate the canyon floor, many containing kivas believing to have religious significance.

Northwest NM Itinerary

Day 1:

Fly or drive into Albuquerque and visit historic Old Town, numerous museums,

attractions and Indian pueblos in the surrounding area.

Day 2:

Santa Fe, only an hour drive from Albuquerque, offers visitors the unique historic

Downtown Plaza, art galleries and museums.

Day 3:

An established artists’ colony for years, Taos is rich in art and culture, and also home to the Taos Pueblo Indians.

Day 4:

Travel west along scenic Highway 64 to the quaint mountain town of Chama and ride the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad through the Carson National Forest. Continue west 100 miles on Hwy 64 to Farmington.

Day 5:

Visit B-Square Ranch, a 12,000 acre ranch, wildlife preserve and experimental farm. Tours of two museums on the ranch, featuring wildlife and collections of antique farm machinery and electricity-generating equipment, are offered on the hour by appointment and are free of charge. Later that day take Hwy 516 to Aztec Ruins National Monument (14 miles), a Puebloan Ruin over 800 years old, featuring the only fully-restored Great Kiva in the southwest. Return to Farmington to enjoy a relaxing evening of Outdoor Summer Theater in a natural sandstone amphitheater (seasonal). An optional Southwestern style dinner is also served prior to the show.

 

Day 6:

Return to Albuquerque via Hwy 550 (180 miles).