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Salmon Ruins

6131 U.S. Hwy. 64 (P.O. Box 125), Farmington, NM
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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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The Colony, Texas, United States
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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104 reviews 104 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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287 reviews 287 reviews
106 attraction reviews
292 helpful votes 292 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Senior Contributor
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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Valrico, Florida
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202 reviews 202 reviews
144 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
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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354 attraction reviews
471 helpful votes 471 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
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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