POINTS OF INTEREST
ANGEL PEAK SCENIC AREA
Angel Peak Scenic Area offers more than 10,000 acres of rugged terrain to explore and is recognized for its scenic and scientific wonders. The nearly 7,000-foot "Angel Peak" is visible for miles in any direction and is surrounded by the Kutz Canyon badlands.
AZTEC RUINS NATIONAL MONUMENT
Aztec Ruins National Monument provides visitors an intimate opportunity to explore ancient ruins built by the ancient Ancestral Puebloans in the 1100s. Aztec Ruins features ceremonial, public, and storage structures as well as the "Great Kiva" the oldest and largest reconstructed Kiva in North America.
Roughly 60 square miles of remote badlands offering some of the most unusual scenery in the world. This is a must for every venturesome hiker, explorer and photographer! From hoodoos to fossils, there is something to delight the explorer in you within the Bisti/De Na Zin Wilderness.
B SQUARE RANCH
B-Square Ranch is a 12,000 acre private wildlife refuge, working farm and ranch, and home to two museums. The Bolack Museum of Fish and Wildlife presents a collection of mounted animals from throughout the world. This is known as one of the largest private collections in the U.S.A. The Bolack Electromechanical Museum holds a collection of early items depicting development in electric power, telephone, communications, oil field equipment, and the farming industry.
CHACO CULTURE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
Chaco Culture National Historical Park is the largest excavated prehistoric ruins in North America and is a must see for history buffs and outdoor lovers! Chaco was the center of the ancestral Puebloan culture from AD 850 to 1200. Enter the park from Highway 550. The park entrance from Highway 371 is no longer open.
CIVITAN MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE
Civitan Municipal Golf Course is a Par 3 course. A local favorite, this golf course is known as the perfect course for beginners and those looking for a quick round at lunch! Footgolf has been integrated into the 9-hole course making it perfect for family or group outings for both golfers and non-golfers.
Dinétah Pueblitos and Defensive Sites
The Pueblitos of Dinétah are managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Farmington Field Office and include Simon Canyon Ruin, Tapacito Ruin, Split Rock Ruin, Frances Canyon Ruin, Hooded Fireplace Ruin, Largo School Ruin, and Crow Canyon Site. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, these Pueblitos, in the homeland of the Diné, were constructed in the 17th and 18th centuries.
DUNES VEHICLE RECREATION AREA
More than 800 acres of fun is waiting for off-road enthusiasts at Farmington’s Dunes Vehicle Recreation Area. This off-highway vehicle area contains a wide variety of topography including large sand dunes, steep to gentle hillsides, and sandy arroyo bottoms. The diverse landscape attracts UTV, ATV and motocross riders a variety of motorized activity and providing a scenic area to play, test their endurance, and improve their skills.
FARMINGTON MUSEUM & VISITOR CENTER
Experience a wide variety of exhibits relating to the diverse history of the area’s cultures, traveling exhibits, and art shows when you visit the Farmington Museum. National and regional juried arts shows are also featured as well an exceptional selection of lectures and workshops. This site is also home to the Farmington Visitor Center.
GLADE RUN RECREATION AREA
Farmington’s Glade Run Recreation Area, is well known as one of the top spots in New Mexico for off-roading. From rock crawling to off-road trails and wash runs, this high desert playground has hosted off-roaders from across the globe for the World Extreme Rock Crawling Grand Nationals. The popular Chokecherry Canyon and Brown Springs are part of this recreation area featuring 19,000 acres of public land.
Lake Farmington offers a variety of adventures within the city limits! The lake is open year-round for fishing and camping, and seasonally for boating and swimming. The Beach at Lake Farmington is open seasonally for swimming and features water trampolines and slides. Kayak and paddleboard rentals are also available onsite.
LIONS WILDERNESS DISC GOLF COURSE
Lions Wilderness Disc Golf Course is located inside Farmington's Lions Wilderness Park. This unique 27 hole disc golf course sits amidst spectacular high desert terrain with endless views. This is a must see and play!
NAVAJO LAKE STATE PARK
Located only 30 miles east of Farmington, Navajo Lake State Park is ideally located for a day of fishing and hiking or for a week of camping and boating. With 150 miles of shoreline and over 280 days of sunshine and spectacular scenery it is the perfect oasis for a getaway. Activities within Navajo Lake State Park include: camping, boating, sailing, cliff-diving, fishing, swimming, scuba-diving, water-skiing, wildlife viewing, and hiking.
NAVAJO MUSEUM OF ART & CULTURE
The Museum of Navajo Art & Culture is located in historic downtown Farmington, along the newly dedicated New Mexico Arts and Cultural District. The museum showcases a truly significant collection of Navajo Rugs from the early 1900's to today. Museum exhibitions and programs will include jewelry, pottery and folk art as well as artisan workshops, educational programs.
OUTDOOR SUMMER THEATER
Enjoy an evening of live entertainment under the stars amidst a natural sandstone amphitheater at Lions Wilderness Amphitheater. Farmington’s Outdoor Summer Theater features popular musicals every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from mid-June 21st to early August. Annual performance schedule and production title are typically announced early in March.
PINON HILLS GOLF COURSE
Pinon Hills Municipal Golf Course is a must for any golfer. This scenic course has been ranked one of the top Municipal Golf Courses in the United States and is a favorite for regional golfers. Test your skills at this high-desert oasis and discover what all the buzz is about!
RIVERSIDE NATURE CENTER
The Riverside Nature Center is nestled along the Animas River, and is the optimal site to enter Farmington’s Animas River Walk Trails. A favorite with locals, this hidden gem is the perfect stop for outdoor lovers of all ages. The center features wildlife and bird viewing stations, demonstration xeriscape gardens, as well as year-round programs and events dedicated to the local flora and fauna.
SALMON RUINS AND HERITAGE PARK
Visit Salmon Ruins and you will discover a cultural museum, Heritage Park, Journey Into the Past Tours and the San Juan County Archaeological Research Center & Library. This hidden gem is a must see for every history buff, archeology nut and cultural adventure seeker.
SAN JUAN RIVER
Recognized as one of the finest freshwater fisheries in the world, the San Juan River is a must fish for any serious angler. A special four-mile section of the river, just below Navajo Dam and within Navajo Lake State Park, is referred to as Quality Waters and holds more than 80,000 trout averaging over 17”.
For additional information on these attractions or more things to see and do in the Farmington area, contact the Farmington Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-448-1240 or visit FarmingtonNM.org.