history of the Four Corners incorporates the rich cultures
and traditions of Native Americans and the recent history of Spanish and
American immigration to the southwest. The Four Corners of the United
States, (the only place four states touch at one corner), incorporates
the northwest corner of New Mexico and is part of the area known as "Indian
to Farmington are the Parks of the Grand
de Chelly, Chaco
Canyon, Hovenweep, Mesa Verde, Aztec and Salmon Ruins. These National
Parks offer a stupendous array of geological formations and Ancient Native
American Ruins. You will recognize the names and scenery of these parks
from the mystery novels of Tony Hillerman and many Hollywood films. Also
on the list of geological wonders to visit are Shiprock
(featured in the film Pontiac Moon with Ted Danson) and the Bisti
Badlands wilderness, which has been a major site of dinosaur fossil
excavations. Most of the above sites are close enough to Farmington for
one day excursions from our B&B, or they permit the next easy day's drive
in a regional tour.
a base in Farmington, one may:
Canyon, Mesa Verde, Aztec and Salmon Ruins, Bisti Badlands & many trading
Sites to visit and other possible adventurous activities in and around
the Four Corners and Farmington, New Mexico all while visiting the Silver
River Adobe Bed and Breakfast, Farmingtons' First B&B.
CANYON-CHACO CULTURE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
44 turn off between Bloomfield and Cuba. One and a half hour drive
from Farmington. Chaco was the center of the Pueblo Indian Culture
for over a century with people inhabiting the area from 800 to 1500
years ago. By AD 1000 Chaco was firmly established as the political
and economic center of the Chaco Plateau. Open seven days a week.
The campground is open 24 hrs. Self guided tours take about one hour
through several of the ruin complexes but you could spend a week exploring
the many hiking trails to some ruins. 505-786-7014
RUINS NATIONAL MONUMENT AND MUSEUM
14 minutes from Farmington on Hwy 550. A self guided tour through
the pueblo is available. These ruins make a marvelous complement to
a visit to Chaco or the best first choice if you are not able to visit
Chaco. Open seven days a week. 505-334-6174.
DE CHELLY NATIONAL MONUMENT
hours from Farmington in Chinle, AZ. Hwy 550 to Shiprock-Hwy 506 to
Teec Nos Pos, Hwy 160 to Mexican Water, Hwy 191 to Chinle. 520-674-5500
A must, if you can make it, these canyons sheltered prehistoric Pueblo
Indians for 1,000 years and served as an ancestral stronghold for
the Navajo Indians. Visitors Center (you can center your stay in Farmington
with us) but campgrounds are nearby and there are a variety of hotels
but the oldest is Thunderbird Lodge, 520-674-5841.
VERDE NATIONAL PARK
and a half hours drive from Farmington on Hwy 170 (La Plata Hwy) to
Hesperus turn right on Hwy 666. Famous for its cliff dwellings of
the industrious, creative people who inhabited Mesa Verde for more
than 700 years, developing from a basic hunter/gather society into
a culture known for its agriculture, art and architecture. 1-800-449-2288
RUINS AND SAN JUAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH CENTER
miles on Hwy 64 from Farmington toward Bloomfield. One of the two
largest colonies founded by the Chacoans in the 11th century. Museum
contains artifacts from the site. 505-632-2031
CANYON ARCHAEOLOGICAL CENTER
In Cortez, Co., one and a half hours drive on Hwy 170 to Hesperus
then right on Hwy 666. Initiates and conducts public archaeological
research and education programs in the American Southwest and beyond.
23390 road K, Cortez, CO. 1-800-422-8975
PLACES OR EVENTS TO VISIT:
Farmington at 3041 East Main Street. New museum featuring a variety
of exhibits and historical Farmington. Open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm
& Sunday, noon to 5pm. 505-599-1174.
HILLS GOLF COURSE
8 miles from the B&B, 2101 Sunrise Parkway. Noted with high marks
in Golf Digest ( one of 8 five star courses in the U.S.). 505-326-6066.
GAME RESERVE AND WILDLIFE MUSEUM
64 on the east end of Farmington. Appointment.505-325-4275
Theater in Lions Wilderness Amphitheater -late June to mid August.
LAKE AND MARINA
511, north of Bloomfield 45 minutes. Man made lake with 190 covered
slips. Fishing in the Quality waters
an hour drive on Hwy 550/64 to Shiprock. Composed of igneous rock
flanked by long upright walls of solidified lava, the rock is sacred
to the Navajo who call it "Tse" Bit'ai'". Climbing
is not permitted.
Hwy 371 south of Farmington about 37 miles. A Federally protected
area of petrified logs and other plant fossils that are scattered
among numerous scenic and colorful land forms. The best land formations
are about 2 miles hiking distance from the parking area.
VALLEY TRIBAL PARK
550/64 west to Shiprock, Hwy 506 to Teec Nos Pos,
Hwy 106 to Kayenta, north on Hwy 163. Two and a half hours. Enchanting
earthscape displaying mesas, buttes and fragile pinnacles in southeast
Utah and northwest Arizona. Visitor Center, camping, lodging, self
guided tours, vehicle tours and horseback tours available. 801-727-3353
CORNERS NATIONAL MONUMENT
550/64 to Shiprock, then Hwy 160 west. One hour drive. The only point
in the U.S. where four states meet. Features an Indian marketplace
with hand worked arts and crafts. Costs $2.50 per person
PEAK RECREATION AREA
64 to Bloomfield, then Hwy 44 south. One hour from Farmington. Geological
formations and canyons to explore. Campgrounds, picnic areas and rest
Authors who have visited:
"Song of Shiprock Fair" by Luci Tapahonso, illustrated by Anthony Chee Emerson
" Gardens of Santa Fe" by Anne Hillerman, photographs by Don Strel
"Tony Hillerman's Landscape" by Anne Hillerman, photographs by Don Strel
"...And she made Quitls; The Women of San Juan County, New Mexico, Their Stories and Quilts 1890-1950" by Connie Nordstrom
"My Kingdom was a County: San Juan County" by Eleanor MacDonald and John Arrington
"I remember Old MacDonald's Farmington" by Eleanor MacDonald
stories from and about other places
"Singular Intimacies" by Danielle Ofri
"Gubber Joe" and "Rain Dancin" by Bob Whetstone
"Coin Street Chronicles: London's Vanished Old South Bank" by Gwen Southgate
Pinon Hills Golf Course (designated as one of the top eight municipal
golf courses in the US) *** specials to include reserved Tee times and
golf cart ***
The Quality Waters below Navajo Dam
More than 200 species documented along the rivers
desert canyons and Rocky Mountains, Guided
Llama Pack Trips
Battle Mountain Bike Race. Begun in 1994. Challenges bikers to test
their abilities on a fun and technical single track located at Pinon
weekend - Shiprock Marathon and relay races on the Navajo Reservation.
Certified and sanctioned by the Athletic Congress 800-448-1240
day weekend Annual Balloon Festival launch off the banks at Farmington
Lake. The famous Splash'n' Dash and Hare'n' Hound races both days.
Launch at 6am.
day weekend -Riverfest along the river corridor, with splendid music,
food, arts and crafts, raft rides and a 5K and 10K run on Saturday
morning. Animas Park off Browning Parkway.
mid-August Outdoor Summer Theater. Summer productions are performed
in a natural sandstone amphitheater at Lion's Wilderness Park with
an optional Southwestern dinner served prior to each Wed-Sat performance.
Verde Indian Arts and Crafts Show and sale. Indian dances, Native
American arts, and food at Mesa Verde National Park. Moorefield Campground.
Native Americans from 23 tribes across the country participate.
Freedom Days. The Fourth of July is celebrated with a variety of special
events including spectacular fireworks, auction, parade, and triathlon.
or 2nd week -Connie Mack World Series. Some of the best amateur baseball
in the country is featured each summer at Rickett's Park in farmington.
Teams from the US and Puerto rico play in from of the pro-scouts and
day weekend -Totah Festival. Native American Juried Fine Arts and
Crafts Show and Marketplace, highlighted with an Indian rug auction.
Native American drumming, singing and dancing.
Corners Iron Horse Motorcycle Rally. Events for motorcycle enthusiasts
of all ages at Ignacio, CO.
weekend -Shiprock fair. Begun in 1923 this annual Northern Navajo
Nation celebration includes a parade, fair, rodeo, arts and crafts,
pow-wow and traditional song and dance. Fair grounds in Shiprock.
weekend -Road Apple Rally annual mountain bike race and tour offers
pro/experts, veterans and beginners a test of skill on a 30 mile single
and double loop course through canyons and arroyos near San Juan College.
The Road Apple Rally Junior gets kids and new riders in on the excitement.
weekend- San Juan College Display illuminates the campus with 50,000
candlelit bags. This is the largest luminaria display of a non-profit
entity in New Mexico.
Friday night- River Glo at Berg Park, luminaria display, cocoa and
apple cider, music and bonfires make a winter evening walk along the
river a bright and warm event.
3151 West Main St. Farmington, NM 87401
direct all US Mail to:
P.O. Box 3411
Farmington, NM 87499
Toll Free: (800) 382-9251