Attractions

Top Choice National Park in Northwestern New Mexico

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

A 9-mile drive loops through ‘downtown Chaco,’ passing six major sites on the way, with further opportunities to hike to more remote ruins and petroglyphs. You could spend as little as half a day here, though overni…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Aztec

Aztec Ruins National Monument

This prehistoric Pueblo was built around AD 1100, and connected with the larger settlement at Chaco via a road that ran due south. Its central feature, a huge great kiva, has been reconstructed to give an impression…
Indian Reservation in Acoma Pueblo

Sky City

Journeying to the mesa-top village at Acoma Pueblo, famous as Sky City, is like venturing into another world. There can be few more dramatic locations – it’s set atop an isolated outcrop, 367ft above the surrounding…
National Park in Northwestern New Mexico

El Malpais National Monument

The rugged El Malpais National Monument consists of almost 200 sq miles of isolated volcanic terrain. There are numerous trails here, accessible via Hwy 53 or the even prettier Hwy 117, though expect very strenuous,…
Animal Sanctuary in Northwestern New Mexico

Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary

Animal-lovers won’t want to miss the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, 20 miles southeast of Ramah off Hwy 53. Home to rescued and captive-born wolves and wolf-dog mixes, the sanctuary offers four tours per day, where you…
Mountain in Farmington

Shiprock

By far the coolest sight around these parts, Shiprock – or Tsé Bit'a’í (Rock with Wings) in Navajo – looms eerily over the landscape 40 miles west of Farmington. A 1700ft-high volcanic plug and a lofty landmark for …
National Park in Northwestern New Mexico

El Morro National Monument

The 200ft sandstone outcropping at this monument, also known as Inscription Rock, has been a travelers' oasis for millennia. The only reliable water source for miles upon miles, the thousands of carvings – from petr…
Museum in Gallup

Gallup Cultural Center

This cultural center houses a good little museum of Indian art on the 2nd floor, including excellent collections of kachina dolls both new and old, plus pottery, sand painting and weaving. A 10ft-tall bronze sculptu…
Gallery in Northwestern New Mexico

Tierra Wools

Just south of Los Brazos in Los Ojos, Tierra Wools is a century-old weaving cooperative in a historic building. Stop by on weekends for a glimpse of the process. You can also stay in the two-bedroom guesthouse ($75 …
Museum in Aztec

Aztec Museum & Pioneer Village

Small but excellent history museum, with an eclectic collection of historical objects, including telephones, barbershop chairs and a great display of Victorian-era photographs, as well as original and replica early …