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“Interesting place”
Review of Salmon Ruins

Salmon Ruins
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Farmington
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

My visit to Salmon Ruins involved two phases, the first was a visit to the museum site. I had reserved a trip to Chaco Culture from the museum; so I went to the site the day before just to insure I could find it the next morning. When I stopped in, the lady at the desk told me that my tour cost included either a pre-tour or post-tour of the museum.

I walked through the museum and the gift shop. It was a nice visit, not overly crowded; and although not seeing great numbers of artifacts, etc; what they did have was nice.

I then drove down to the lower section and walked the trails. Two major trails exist; one to see the ancient ruins of the Chacoan culture, the other through a variety of Native American type dwelling in the American southwest.

The ruins location was very nice and you could get extremely close to the ruins. The path through dwelling was interesting, a few looked like they could use some help; but it gave a good overview of types of residence one might have seen.

The second phase was the tour to Chaco Culture. The price is a bit steep, but on the other hand I had an individualized tour and guide for the entire trip. Lunch was provided, as well as a small snack, water, and other sodas. The drive out and back took about just over an hour each, plus we spent a fair amount of time visiting the various sites at Chaco Culture Naitonal Historic Park.

My only suggestion, is consider expanding the tours to include up 4 persons from mixed groups. I know people might not want a 25 person tour, but believe a small group of 6 or less would be suitable.

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Reviewed 29 July 2017

We stopped in after hiking and thought we'd see the ruins. While the original part of the ruins are interesting, most of it is built as it probably was originally. For $4, it's worth the trip and a great history stop.

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Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Hard to imagine the era of gold and silver mining impacting these dessert waterways long before Western arrivals. Read, touch and take pause.

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Reviewed 16 June 2017

This place will leave you baffled. I recommend that if you visit this place, you visit all surrounding ancient structures in Chaco Canyon. Loads of fun, but getting there is rough, even with a Minivan. The road is, well, not really a road. But If you muscle through, the sights you'll see will have made the struggle worthwhile.

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Reviewed 15 June 2017

Place gets little funding so is becoming run down. The first part of the trail was weedy and seedy looking. A lot of the various tribes living in the area are represented by their types of housing. Some are in dire need of repair. The intent is there.
The second part, the ruins, are in as good a shape as 3,000 housing units could be. The signage is faded but you can get a self guided tour pamphlet from the museum. The museum is very nice. There is a patio over looking the ruins from the back of the museum. Watch carefully for the turn off, it'll sneak up on you. Its on the south side of the road around Bloomfield.

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