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Salmon Ruins

6131 U.S. Hwy. 64 (P.O. Box 125), Farmington, NM
505/632-2013
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Ranked #2 of 8 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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West Chicago, Illinois
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258 reviews 258 reviews
94 attraction reviews
281 helpful votes 281 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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Houston, Texas
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13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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11 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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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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Valrico, Florida
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136 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The site if free but is fairly small when compared with the Aztec National Monument just some 10 miles away. The site also less preserved though there is work underway to shore up walls and improve the site. Along with the Indian ruins there are some reconstruction of early settler buildings common to the area.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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351 attraction reviews
457 helpful votes 457 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The museum is small but provides context for the ruins that are next to it. Learn about the construction and use of the various rooms and kivas. Finding the museum can be an issue as its signage pops up just at the top of a hill so be on the lookout or follow your GPS.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

It was an experience of a life time!! Tori, my private guide was an archeologist, geologist, historian and new about the flora and fauna. She was very personable, knowledgeable and just a fabulous tour guide. She went out of her way to ensure my tour of Chaco Canyon was not just ordinary. I would highly recommend this private tour to... More

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Fair Play, South Carolina
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This place is very easy to get to from US 64 but be prepared for some climbing up a hill when leaving. The museum was quite informative and complete, and the self guided walking tour was great and educational. A lot of the site has not been excavated due to the fear of disrupting the walls and foundations. But enough... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We loved this place! The curator didn't know much about the ruins but the tour was very interesting (self-guided). Be careful as you pass--it's easy to miss! Well worth the time!

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Check out the other reviews for an excellent and accurate summary of Salmon Ruins, which I found worthwhile, interesting and served to whet my appetite for the "Journey Into the Past" tour of Chaco Canyon that we booked for the next day. Being the week of Spring Break I found it surprising that there were tour dates available. I figured... More

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