If you are planning an outdoors vacation in the Four Corners area, you would be hard pressed to find a more diverse and convenient to it all area than Farmington, NM. A regional highway hub and on historic trails, Farmington has world class hiking, biking, rock climbing, kayaking, and rock crawling all within literally a stone’s throw.
At over 5,100 feet, Farmington is also a great choice during the summer season when school is out as a place to take your kids to the outdoors but not fry. Yes, it is still New Mexico sun, but since Farmington is at that altitude, weather Is more temperate and we get some nice breezes through the area. The combination makes a great place to take a vacation with a lot of things to do and see. You probably will work up a serious appetite, too, and want to stop by one of the restaurants in Farmington New Mexico to refuel on your way to Chaco Canyon or elsewhere.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park, and Natural Bridges and Aztec Ruins National Monuments are close by and beg for exploration. There is a great interpretive center at the entrance to the Chaco Canyon area that gives detailed history of this lost culture, dating back over a thousand years. Home to the largest collection of ancient pueblos in the world, make sure to visit Fajada Butte and the famous Sun Dagger petroglyphs.
Talking about Chaco Canyon, Farmington hosts one of the oldest First Nations gatherings in the nation, called the Totah Festival. Members of many tribes gather there to share the unique, ancient cultures of the oldest settlers of this region. You will also find old world Mexican influence in Farmington, too, as for centuries this area was part of that great country. That is the reason there are so many different Mexican restaurants in Farmington, NM. Some are authentic, some are, well, more American than Mexican.
A smart thing to do when you are in a new town, especially one like Farmington with so many good restaurant choices, is to ask around. Find out where the locals go for happy hour, and where they stop with the family for a real, authentic meal. When you are looking for true regional cuisine or a place where they have a chef that uses real seasonings and cooks fresh, locals will tell you the Mexican restaurants in Farmington NM you can visit for a great meal.
All that biking and hiking and rock climbing and outdoorsy stuff can make you really thirsty, too. A good Mexican restaurant in Farmington will have a well visited happy hour by those who know what ice cold beer and really tasty, big margaritas are. Start looking for lots of vehicles in parking lots at Mexican restaurants on your way in on Hwy. 64 or NM 516 from the pueblos. Happy hour starts about 2 in the afternoon in Farmington, so don’t hesitate to stop and go in to satisfy your thirst and cool down. The locals will welcome you.