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Salmon Ruins

6131 U.S. Hwy. 64 (P.O. Box 125), Farmington, NM
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Ranked #2 of 7 Attractions in Farmington
Type: Ancient Ruins
Traveler Description: Salmon Ruins is a unique attraction featuring: 11th century ruins, a 19th century homestead, artifacts, a museum, research library and gift shop... more »
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Green Valley, Arizona
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227 reviews 227 reviews
103 attraction reviews
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This is another site where visitors can see Ancestral Pueblo Ruins dating back to 11th-13th century. I especially liked these for three reasons (1) located right on highway 64, they are easy to access (2) they are not crowded and (3) the Heritage Park section features replicas of dwellings of other people who lived in the area including the Salmon... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We were pressed for time and had decided to skip Chaco Canyon, but the Salmon Ruins were on our route to Sante Fe, so we stopped in. It's not a national park, but it's clearly well run by local people with limited resources. The self-guided tour of the ruins provides you with a wealth of information about the ancient peoples... More

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Hurricane, Utah
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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We visited this site before going to Chaco Canyon, and we are glad we did. The self-guided tour was very informative. It cost $3 per person, which was worth every cent. The only thing that was difficult was the climb back to the car from the site. No problem for younger visitors, though. The museum was also very well done,... More

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The Colony, Texas, United States
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This is smaller than the Aztec Ruins, but well worth the effort. We got in late in the day and still had time to crawl over the entire area. Good price and nice people.

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Mount Vernon, Ohio, United States
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105 reviews 105 reviews
7 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I noticed the sign on the road as I was heading to my work site and decided to stop on the way home. They close at 5 but you are allowed to walk around the site after closing. The ruins are in great shape and it is very interesting to see how the Indians lived in 1265. There is a... More

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Derry, New Hampshire
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Great museum and gift shop. Go when it's cool outside. give it several hours if you have the time...................................

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West Chicago, Illinois
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309 reviews 309 reviews
117 attraction reviews
305 helpful votes 305 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

we visited the Salmon Ruins about 2 weeks ago; they were paving the highway from which you enter this site so maybe those who work there were not expecting visitors but we were there. They did not turn on any lights in the indoor area and while there is light that comes from the middle of the ceiling area (similar... More

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Richmond, Texas
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28 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We were given a guide book for a self-guide walk. Facts were interesting since not aware of the ruins. Make sure to wear good walking shoes as the ruins are a distance from the museum area. Glad the site is there and being preserved. Not a bad way to spend a few hours in the morning. Do recommend if visiting... More

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Denver, Colorado
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I visited these ancient ruins in preparation for my journey to Chaco Canyon. I would consider the Salmon Ruins a must for anyone interested in the history of this area. Your visit begins in the Visitors center where you'll check-in with a host who will give you a quick introduction to the layout of the site. Admission was $3.00 p/person.... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We learned about Salmon (pronounced saw-mun) Ruin from an archaeologist friend who studied the pottery at Chaco Canyon and mostly at Salmon Ruin. We went in honor of her, and stayed for well more than an hour because the visitor center/museum has incredibly informative displays. These were the kind of displays we were expecting at Chaco Canyon, but didn't have.... More

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