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Salmon Ruins

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Address: 6131 Highway 64, Farmington, NM 87413
Phone Number: 505/632-2013
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Interesting ruin but beware

Salmon ruin is of one of the Ancestral Pueblo people's great houses of the Chaco Canyon era. It is one of the most interesting to visit because there is a hand printed guide that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 7, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Salmon ruin is of one of the Ancestral Pueblo people's great houses of the Chaco Canyon era. It is one of the most interesting to visit because there is a hand printed guide that is based on the original excavation of the site that gives a detailed explanation of went on in the various rooms etc. which is not found... More 

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Monterey Peninsula, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

During our recent stay in Farmington we visited the Salmon Ruins, and somehow had expected more than what we found. This may have been our own fault as we had previously visited the Aztec ruins, Mesa Verde, Chinle. and Acoma Sky City. We therefore recommend if you have been to any of those already, please don't expect anything comparable to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

One of my hobbies is the study of the Ancestral Pueblo People (aka Anasazi), and while this site is not as 'grand' or well-displayed as the Chaco Canyon and Aztec Ruins, still an impressive sight and easy to walk through.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The guide four our tour of Chaco Canyon was Tori. She met us outside the Salmon Ruins Museum at 8:00am on what was to be a very hot June day. We had been to Chaco Canyon back in 1978 so already knew a little about the history of the Anasazi. That was just the warm up for what was a... More 

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Farmington, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Want to know about the Native history in the Four Corners? Stop here. They offer guided and self-guided tours. There is so much information crammed into this place!

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Anderson, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We toured the museum, which has wonderful artifacts from the area, then walked to the ruins outside, which were interesting, using the guide we purchased for a small fee. The guide was so helpful in following the numbers at the site. There was no climbing, just easy walking, except some was uphill.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Our tour guide was Tori, also. She is knowledgeable, loquacious, prudent, lively, and good humored. Her training is as an archaeologist but her taxonomies include geology, plant biology, cultural sociology, astronomy, history, and meterololgy . . . 8^) . . . it made the drive down from farmington seem very short since her instructive conversation never lagged . . .... More 

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Mount Pleasant, Texas, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Some parts of the ruins were very interesting, along with the museum associated with the site. The outside exhibits were in need of much repair - most were falling apart.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

But don't bypass this small gem. It is NOT part of the National Park System, so you will have to pay separately, but it is worth it to see a large anasazi ruin that has not been restored.

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Wauna
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I toured the facility the day after Aztec National Monument. Comparison to Aztec is unfair. Aztec receives federal funding although, presumably, under the current political environment, that might be in question. Salmon Ruin's funding rely on donations. Yes, the initial trail is steep, but there are signs that with permission you are allowed to drive down. Surrounding property is private.... More 

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