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“Magical place” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Salmon Ruins

Salmon Ruins
6131 Highway 64, Farmington, NM 87413
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Ranked #2 of 13 things to do in Farmington
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Angelholm, Sweden
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19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Magical place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

The ruins are spectacular, the museum is wonderful, the staff are just amazing, so friendly and welcoming and informative. DO NOT MISS booking a tour with them of Chaco or Dinetah, see the SR website and Into the Past tours, this is an unforgettable treat.

Visited March 2014
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English first
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205 reviews
130 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“A gem in the desert”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Excellent small museum. There are some very good small exhibits inside. Then we walked thru replica's of various types of native shelters and other things. The real surprise of this place is when you go to the ruins that it is named for... there are extensive ruins down the hill (you can drive down), many rooms and kiva's that have been excavated, thought to be the same tribes as from Chaco.... SUPER interesting!! And the museum has a great guidebook to go with your walk through the ruins to explain things too. Great little shop with native jewelry, and some very nice artsy tshirts.
Highly recommend this stop, as you would never expect what lays hidden in back of the museum down the hill!! Definitely worth it. I think the fee was only a couple of dollars too.

Visited October 2013
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eastern Washington
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60 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“very nice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Don’t miss this gem of a place! The museum is small but very well maintained and informative and the ruins are well kept (sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it?). We had just returned from a half day trip to Chaco over some pretty rough roads and I have to say that if I had to chose between the two sites Salmon Ruins would win. Be sure to include it in your travel plans.

Visited September 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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54 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“A great slice of history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

If you are remotely into archaeology this is a must see. The museum is full of interesting pieces. Outside not only has the ruins, but also a slice from frontier history. The ruins are beautiful and the guide book is one of the best I've ever come across. The staff are very knowledgeable and very helpful. The gift shop has lots of great books. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Visited July 2013
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Lexington, Virginia
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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Knowledgable, friendly, fascinating!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Salmon Ruins Musem and Tours is a gem! 'Extensive exhibits of the archeological treasures in the area PLUS offering wonderfully insightful (personally guided) tours of Chaco Canyon. Tori Myers, our guide for the day, shared a wealth of information, making the ruins come alive. It was a VERY hot day, but she was as cool as a cucumber and so eager to share her expertise! Thanks Tori!

Visited August 2013
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