Farmington, New Mexico

  Northwestern New Mexico's ageless land of enchantment, striking landscapes, diverse culture, it's a land of astonishing scenery and a plethora of recreational opportunities to choose from. Their history is thousands of years old. Long before Francisco Coronado, the Spanish explorer, searching for the mythical, "Seven Cities of Cibola" in 1540, ventured into New Mexico, the ancestors of the present-day Pueblo Indians were farming, constructing adobe cities; creating pottery and raising turkeys. The ancestors were known as the Anasazi, the "Ancient Ones" and today are most commonly referred to as the Ancestral Puebloans. They were followed by the Navajo, Jicarilla Apache, and Ute tribes.
Farmington today remains nestled in the picturesque San Juan River Valley, between the rug-ged San Juan Mountains and the desert highlands of Arizona and Utah. Farmington offers a wide range of spectacular outdoor recreation and travel adventures.
   Four wheeling enthusiasts have hundreds of miles of varying terrain for exploration fun. Each August there is an annual Rock Crawling Competition for the hardy four wheelers. Or, mountain bike trails are abundant throughout San Juan County. The nationally acclaimed Road Apple Rally in early
October is the country's oldest continually-run mountain bike race.  
 What Else? Whitewater Park offers kayaking, can-oeing and rafting. When you are back on land, the River Corr-idor has over 5 miles of interconnecting walking paths along the Animas River!   
  There are hiking trails through the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, an area with strange geologic formations, petrified logs and fossils. Hike around Angel Peak, a 40-million-year-old geologic formation or explore ancient Indian ruins at Aztec Ruins, Chaco Canyon and the Salmon Ruins.
Some of the southwest's best golfing can be enjoyed in Farmington at Pinon Hills Golf Course. Rated number one municipal course and the best golf value in the US by Golf Digest. The Farmington Museum at Gateway, the Aquatics center, an outdoor theater, shopping malls, Native American jewelry, Navajo rugs, distinctive are, clothing and gifts can all be found in a fun visit to Farmington.

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30 Aug 2015

By Ryan Nichols