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“Highlight of our trip!”
Review of Salmon Ruins

Salmon Ruins
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Farmington
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

The Chaco Canyon tour from the Salmon Ruins Museum was amazing. Our guide was an archeologist named Torrie, and she was phenomenal. She had a great sense of humor and shared interesting stories, answering all of our questions along the way. The price of the tour was well worth it. Five years ago we drove ourselves into the park and walked around the ruins independently, asking questions of the park rangers. The difference between that visit and our visit with Torrie was night and day! If you have any interest in visiting Chaco Canyon, save the wear and tear on your car and take this tour!

3  Thank beckjml
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Although a little distant from the 4 Corners, Farmington, NM offered the opportunity to visit the Salmon and Aztec Ruins. The Salmon Ruins offered a great opportunity to learn about our history, specific to the Aztec people who migrated and moved on from this area of the country. Great job by the Salmon family to protect this site so that others could visit and see how creative this culture was. It's a really good start for visiting Chaco Canyon and the Aztec Ruins, both within short distance.

Thank Douglas L
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

Knowledgeable, enthusiastic, clear. Provided a broad look at Chaco Canyon's history, culture, geography, flora and fauna. Her enthusiasm for the study and the mysteries of archaeology and anthropology made our visit extraordinary!

Thank Doroteamx
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

This museum and ruins in Farmington offers a day's tour of Chaco Canyon given by a trained archeologist. Our guide drove us the 40 miles south and down the 15 mile very bumpy dirt road into Chaco Canyon. Tori was our personal guide. She led us through all the main structures in the canyon as well as to some of the petroglyphs. Because of her knowledge we were able to picture the pueblo ruins and understand the culture in a much better way. The astrological aspects of the buildings construction was most interesting. It's amazing how this ancient culture was able to line the walls up with due south or certain equinoxes. We learned that pueblos on the cliffs, which were miles away, were also aligned with structures in the canyon. The adobe walls built by people in different time periods also varied. We highly recommend this guided tour.

The little museum itself has some wonderful small exhibits inside and more Pueblo ruins on its grounds and the gift shop has well priced items made by selected artisans.

20  Thank Judy D
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Locals don't seem to go here let alone talk about it. Nics site and good lititure to follow as one walks through the ruins.

3  Thank Buck_Soul
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