Native American history meets natural wonders and innovative libations in Farmington, N.M. Plus, Farmington is just about 35 miles from Bisti Badlands/De-Na-Zin Wilderness area, dotted by spires, sculpted rock and hills of various colors. Here are four stops in and around Farmington.
Dinetah Rock & Pueblitos
Explore some of the more than 200 Navajo pueblos built between 1680 and 1775. Simon Canyon Ruin is a one-room structure built on top of a 20-foot-high boulder in 1754. It can be accessed via the Simon Canyon Recreation area 3.4 miles below the Navajo Dam. A half-mile hike will bring you to the ruin. Learn more at farmingtonnm.org/listings/dinetah-rock-art-pueblitos.
Originally conceived to be geologist Bruce Black’s office, Kokopelli’s Cave is a spectacularly adventurous bed-and-breakfast venue. Hike along a sandstone path to get to your 1,700-foot cave suite equipped with a kitchen, Jacuzzi tub, queen-sized bed and a replica Native American kiva. Sunset views of Shiprock, a sacred Navajo mountain, are stunning. Learn more at kokoscave.com.
Three Rivers Eatery and Brewhouse
Located in the historic Andrews Building built in 1912, this local favorite has 12 of the brewery’s 50 beers on tap at any one time. Check out the more than 600 beer labels hanging on the walls. Donated by Henry and Margie Glosser in 1999, they constitute New Mexico’s largest beer label collection. Learn more at threeriversbrewery.com/brewery.
Hogback Trading Post
Fourth-generation Native American trader Tom Wheeler runs this authentic trading post located in a 10,000-square-foot Hogan-shaped building. Wheeler’s great-grandfather established the family’s original post in 1871. Today, travelers can buy Native American jewelry, Navajo rugs, baskets and alabaster sculptures. 3221 Hwy. 64, Waterflow, N.M.; 505-598-5154.
For more information:
Gateway Park Museum & Visitor Center
3041 East Main St., Farmington, NM