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Area Attractions

Angel Peak Recreational Area

A 40 million year old geologic formation, the dwelling place of the Sacred Ones to the Navajo people, includes camping and picnic units with a fireplace and table. There is no water available. The site is 15 miles south of Bloomfield on Hwy. 550 with 6 miles of gravel dirt road.

Aztec Ruins National Monument

A 450 room Ancestal Puebloan community of Chacoans built in the early 1100′s. Later inhabited by Mesa Verdeans in the 1200′s. The reconstructed Great Kiva once served as a center for community-wide events and ceremonies. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily most of the year and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. The park is closed Thanksgiving, December 25th and January 1st.
Cost: $5 per adult. Children 16 and under are free. Located 14 miles east on Highway 516. Information: (505) 334-6174.

 

 

Bisti De-Na-Zin Wilderness

Federally-protected area of petrified logs and other fossils that are scattered among numerous scenic and colorful landforms. The best formations are about two miles hiking distance. Located 37 miles south on Hwy. 371 with two miles down gravel road #7297

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

The center of the Ancestral Puebloan civilization from AD 900-1100. Contains the largest excavated prehistoric ruin in North America. Visitor center and campground available but with no services. Located 75 miles south on Hwy. 550, with 16 miles of dirt roads that are subject to inclement weather conditions-you may want to call in advance to ensure that the road is passable. Access is via Hwy 550 to CR 7900/7950. Cost: $8 per car or $4 per pedestrian or cyclist. Camping: $10 per night. Information: (505) 786-7014 ext.221.

Salmon Ruins

One of the largest outlying colonies built by the Chacoans in the 11th century. Museum exhibits display prehistoric pottery and other artifacts. Picnic area available. Heritage Park is comprised of reconstructed dwellings and habitation areas, forming a timeline of San Juan Basin history. Located 10 miles east on Hwy. 64. Admission is $3 per adult, $2 for senior, $1 for ages 6-16, children under 5 are free. Information: (505) 632-2013.

Navajo Lake State Park

150 miles of shoreline fed by three rivers (San Juan, Pine, & Piedra) offering camping, picnicking, boating, swimming, water skiing, marina, and some of the best lake fishing in the southwest. Handicapped accessible. Located 45 miles northeast on Hwy. 64/Hwy. 511. Information: (505) 632-2278

Canyon De Chelly National Monument

Canyons sheltered the prehistoric Anasazi culture for centuries and served as an ancestral stronghold for the Navajos. Visitor center, lodging and campground available. Admission is free and guides are available at an added cost. Located 135 miles southwest on Hwy. 491/Hwy. 160. Information: (928) 674-5500.