Love National Parks and exploring historic, unique outdoor areas? If so, you will certainly enjoy exploring the Four Corners area! Farmington, New Mexico is the hub for the exploration of National Parks and is one of the few cities in the United States where you can explore five National Parks and enjoy the comfort of being settled in one fun and affordable basecamp. Farmington sits at the heart of a region rich with National Parks, historic sites, monuments, and trails, while still having all of the amenities of a larger city, making it the ideal basecamp for visitors to the area.
Visitors from acorss the world interested in archaeology, history and Native American cultures enjoy Farmington as their National Park and outdoor adventure basecamp. Centrally located amidst these national treasures, it’s easy to plan day-trips to explore the fascinating history and astonishing landmarks of the Four Corners region. Continue out of the classroom learning for your children throughout the summer and explore five National Parks with one trip to Farmington—and enjoy staying and playing in a beautiful town, complete with top of the line lodging, dining and activities.
If you choose to extend your stay and explore the surrounding areas, New Mexico is home to 19 National Parks, Monuments, Trails and Historic Parks. Enrich your vacation experience and explore New Mexico National Parks.
Aztec Ruins National Monument
725 Ruins Road, Aztec, NM 87410
Aztec Ruins National Monument provides visitors an intimate opportunity to explore ancient ruins built by the ancient Ancestral Puebloans in the 1100s. Aztec Ruins features ceremonial, public, and storage structures as well as the "Great Kiva" the oldest and largest reconstructed Kiva in North America.
Chaco Culture NHP, 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.
Hovenweep National Monument features the ruins of six Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) communities. The ruins are spread throughout a valley that crosses the Utah and Colorado border. Short trails take you to the six communities. A stop at the Visitors Center is a must.
Natural Bridges National Monument features three large natural bridges, Kachina, Owachomo, and Sipapu, set at the bottom of two adjacent canyons. Visitors can view the arches from an overlook or hike trails to experience them up close and personal.