Farmington is a perfect place for enjoying extraordinary outdoor recreation and travel adventures. Farmington is surrounded by world class cultural treasures and outstanding landscapes. Located in the picturesque San Juan River Valley, Farmington is within sight of Colorado's rugged San Juan Mountains and desert highlands of Arizona and Utah. The Four Corners area is legendary for its year-round pleasant climate, which makes the area a pleasurable destination during any season.
This region is the traditional homeland of a number of Native American Tribes, including the Navajo, Jicarilla Apache, Ute Mountain Ute, Southern Ute and Hopi nations. Farmington offers a wonderful array of southwestern arts and entertainment. Our Native American artists are showcased at historic trading posts and in our Totah Festival.
In surrounding areas there are various Anasazi Ruins. Mesa Verde National Monument offers a glimpse into the "cliff dwelling" era of the Anasazi. Perched on high cliffs, the ruins gives you a feeling of insecurity as you look over the edge. Closer to Farmington you will find Aztec Ruins National Monument. These ruins are considered the "religious center" of the Anasazi by many researchers. The "Great Kiva" that is fully restored is an amazing site. There are several of these "great Kivas" still unearthed, which is why researchers believe this was the religious center of the Anasazi culture. Salmon Ruins is another ancient town to visit and is located a close 8 miles from Farmington. Chaco Canyon was one of the largest settlements during the Anasazi times. It is located 75 miles from Farmington, which makes Farmington one of the closest points to start your travel to the past.
Since opening in November of 1989, the Pinon Hills Golf Course has received positive recommendations from many golf publications. In May of 2002, Pinon Hills was rated by Golf Digest as the number one municipal golf course in America. Pinon Hills strives to be a customer friendly course to both local players and those who travel.
Every year, in August, Farmington hosts the Connie Mack World Series, with teams coming from all across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Since Farmington hosted the first tournament in 1965, the Connie Mack World Series has grown to be the largest and highest- esteemed tournament in the realm of amateur baseball.
Join us at Lions Wilderness Park Amphitheatre for Outdoor Theatre at its best. In the summer of 2009 Sandstone Productions will produce Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun".
The Farmington Museum at Gateway Park offers exhibits that are enjoyable for the whole family. The nature lover will enjoy the Riverside Nature Center located along the Animas River Trail System and is worth the walk.
The Farmington Aquatics Center provides indoor water recreation for the whole family, year round. The options are endless, a 50 meter Olympic size pool, 150 foot water slide and leisure/playground pool. This is a good choice for fun.
Navajo Lake State Park is located north east of Farmington and is a great place for boating, fishing, water sports and camping. Navajo Lake Marina also has boat rental. Probably the most well known fishing spot in the area is the San Juan River's "quality waters". This stretch of exceptional river is world renown for the size of fish that dwell in this river and it has become a hot spot for fishermen. Camping is allowed in designated areas along the river. This is controlled by the New Mexico State Parks Division.
Off Road Recreation is big in Farmington. Chokecherry Canyon is well known among the 4x4 enthusiasts as well as the notorious bad boys of rock crawling. Chokecherry Canyon (or the "Glade" as locals refer to it) has many off-road trail systems. These trails offer excitement for beginners and experts. The Bureau of Land Management also maintains many hiking and biking trails in the "Glade".
SunRay Park and Casino is located 10 minutes from downtown Farmington. It offers slot machines and live/simulcast horse racing. There are two other casinos located in neighboring southern Colorado. Ute Mountain Casino is close to Cortez, Colorado and Sky Ute Casino is located in Ignacio, Colorado.