Whether you are a skilled adventure-seeking hiker, a casual recreational hiker or one who enjoys leisurely walks amongst breathtaking natural landscapes, Farmington has trails for outdoor lovers of all backgrounds. With a variety of terrains and landscapes perfect for hiking, the Farmington area truly has something for everyone looking to unplug and connect with nature, history and fascinating landscapes.
Hikers can choose from developed trails amidst giant cottonwoods, like those found in Farmington along the Animas River Trails. Berg Park offers a plethora of trails and excellent opportunities for bird watching. If you’re lucky, you might just run into deer or other wildlife during your hike. Pop over to the Riverside Nature Center for pointers on getting the most of your hiking experience.
If you’re looking for more of a challenge in your outdoor exploration, opt for an area that offers an “off the beaten path” adventure like the Bisti Badlands / De-Na Zin Wilderness. This otherworldly landscape has recently been featured in a variety of publications including National Geographic, USA Today, Huffington Post, The Austin Chronicle and New Mexico Magazine.
When exploring the Farmington area, you will encounter stunning landscapes, historical sites rich in culture, unique geologic formations and wildlife. So, remember to bring a camera when you explore the Bisti Badlands, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Simon Canyon or Angel Peak. For additional information on these, and other hiking adventures, contact the Farmington Convention & Visitors Bureau, 800-448-1240.
County Road 7175 off of Hwy. 550, South of Bloomfield, NM
Angel Peak Scenic Area offers more than 10,000 acres of rugged terrain and is recognized for its scenic and scientific wonders. The nearly 7,000-foot "Angel Peak" is visible for miles in any direction and is surrounded by the Kutz Canyon badlands.
Berg Park access, intersection of San Juan Blvd. and Scott Ave.
At the very heart of Farmington you will find a beautiful system of trails nestled along the Animas River. Visitors can enjoy walking, running and biking along the trails and explore parks, playgrounds, the Riverside Nature Center and All Veterans Memorial year-round.
Road 7297, off of Highway 371 South of Farmington, NM
Roughly 60 square miles of remote badlands, offering some of the most unusual scenery in the world. National Geographic Traveler listed the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, also known as the Bisti Badlands, one of their must visit adventure destinations for 2019! This is a bucket list vacation for every venturesome hiker, explorer and photographer.
1808 CR 7950 Nageezi, NM 87037
Chaco Culture National Historical Park, also known as Chaco Canyon, is the largest excavated prehistoric ruins in North America and is a must see for history buffs and outdoor lovers! Chaco was the center of the ancestral Puebloan culture from AD 850 to 1200. Attractions within the park include Chacoan great houses, kivas, rock art and stunning vistas. The hallmark Chacoan roads and geometric layout of structures captivates visitors from around the world.
Dinétah is the traditional homeland of the Navajo people. The region is full of Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) and Navajo rock art and small Navajo ruins called pueblitos, which is Spanish for “little pueblos.” There is also evidence left by the Ute tribes and early Spanish explorers and settlers. While not a National Park, these sites are of great interest to those interested in visiting Aztec Ruins National Monument, Chaco Culture National Historical Park and Mesa Verde National Park.
NM Highway 371, south of Farmington
Head Canyon OHV Recreation Area is located just south of Dunes Vehicle Recreation Area. Both are located on the south end of Farmington on Highway 371. Head Canyon is designated primarily for OHV motorcross racing.
36 Road 4110 Unit 1, Navajo Dam, NM 87419
Navajo Lake State Park is the ultimate playground for adventurers with 150 miles of shoreline and over 280 days of sunshine and spectacular scenery.
Visible from Hwy. 64 & Hwy. 491
Shiprock Pinnacle is one of New Mexico's most iconic landmarks. This unique towering rock formation can be seen for miles in all directions. Shiprock is known to the Navajo as "Tsé Bit' A'í", or rock with wings. The peak tip rests at 7,178 feet above sea level, and is at the center of three volcanic pressure ridges that pushed the rock skyward millenniums ago. Due to its sacred nature, climbing is not permitted.
Navajo Lake State Park
505-564-7600 or 800-842-3127
The wildlife, scenery and a Navajo Pueblito found amidst this 3,900 acres of diverse canyon landscape make this a great area for day hikes.