Top things to do in Northwestern New Mexico

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…
Top Choice Bakery in Gallup

Silver Stallion Coffee & Bread

The smell of fresh bread permeates this bakery and cafe, by far and away the most urbane spot in Gallup. Pop in for coffee and a pastry in the morning, or sample one of the just-baked pizzas or veggie-friendly sandw…
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…
American in Farmington

Three Rivers Eatery & Brewhouse

Managing to be both trendy and kid-friendly, this hip spot spreads through three different buildings along one block, serving pub grub, pizzas and its own microbrews. Try the homemade potato skins or artichoke and s…
Cultural in Gallup

Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial

Thousands of Native Americans and non-Indian tourists throng the streets of Gallup and the huge amphitheater at Red Rock State Park in early August for the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial. Instigated almost a …