Fall Travel – Experience Farmington, New Mexico Like a Local


farmingtonWith kids back in school and most planning ahead to spring or summertime vacations, fall offers the perfect time for the experiential traveler to immerse themselves into a community and experience it the way locals do. Farmington, New Mexico offers a wide range of local favorites.

“I was raised in the Farmington, New Mexico area,” said Tonya Stinson, Executive Director of Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This is my home, and I know it well; however, there are always new things for me to see, do, explore and fall in love with. From quaint restaurants, to a plethora of activity, we have it all in Farmington. I invite all experiential travelers to come see what makes Farmington a great place to live, stay, work and play.”

Local favorites abound throughout the area. Some specifics to make an experiential visit most memorable include:

Hike and Bike in the Scenic Four Corners Region – An outdoor lover’s paradise, Farmington offers a wide range of hiking trails—for everyone from those looking for strenuous activity to those looking for a scenic walk with breathtaking views. With unique land formations, river trails, parks, cultural heritage sites, and scenic areas, there’s a trail for every skill level of hiker. For more information on specific trails, visit https://farmingtonnm.org/choose-your-journey/outdoor-adventures/hiking/. If biking is more your speed, rest assured you’ll find options to love in Farmington. Trails and courses range from scenic and relaxing to challenging. Even better, you don’t have to bring your equipment with you, as you can rent bikes locally. For more information, visit https://farmingtonnm.org/choose-your-journey/outdoor-adventures/biking/.

Shake it up with an Outdoor Adventure – Farmington is full of adventure-seekers and outdoor lovers. Locals know that their area is part of a real-life treasure hunt—geocaching—with over 500 caches in Farmington alone and 2,000 in San Juan County. All you need is a GPS or a GPS enabled mobile phone to take part in geocaching—an exciting and affordable outdoor activity, exploring historical and natural areas in and around Farmington. Off-roading offers another local favorite recreation activity. Surrounded by the scenic mountains and bluffs of the Four Corners, Farmington is a well-known hotspot for offroad enthusiasts—with many living in the area. With a wide array of terrain options, these trails range greatly in terms of difficulty. From slickrock and tight-turn single tracks to motorcycle trails and river trails that consist of paved, mulch, dirt and cobbelstone paths, there’s something for everyone. Farmington is also home to Chokecherry Canyon, which was named as the #1 New Mexico trail on the 2015 Top Off Road Trails in America list, published by PartCatalog.

Take a Tee-Time – Piñon Hills Golf Course is a regulation 18-hole municipal course that is open to the public, affordable and easily accessible. With year-round afternoon and twilight specials, fun awaits at the world-class golf course that has long received national acclaim. This course was named “the best municipal course” in the U.S. by Golf Digest in 2002. It is also one of only 16 public access courses in the nation given a 5-star rating. From 2008 to 2010, Golfweek Magazine ranked Piñon Hills as the #4 municipal golf course in the U.S., and the course remains “America’s best golf bargain.” Locals and visitors agree, golfing in Farmington is a memorable experience.

Explore San Juan College – Full of talented students, San Juan College puts on concerts, plays, events and more. Ranging from a Halloween Carnival to almost weekly plays and concerts, there’s always something new to see and do. In addition to quality entertainment, you can rent outdoor recreation equipment from the college or rock your vacation with a visit to the Sherman Dugan Museum of Geology. The Museum features over 100 mineral and rock specimens, fossils—including the skull and jawbones of a 35-million-year-old brontothere, and a full pterosaur skeleton—and historic geology and mining equipment.

Sip New Mexico Wines at a Wine Tasting – After a day of exploring, nothing hits the spot quite like New Mexico wine—especially when the wine is served in a peaceful, scenic atmosphere. Stop in and visit Wines of San Juan, a local, internationally awarded winery in the heart of the San Juan River Valley. The peaceful atmosphere is complete with towering sandstone cliffs and shady cottonwood trees, and of course, a variety of incredible reds and whites. Or, stop in to St. Clair Winery and Bistro for the largest selection of New Mexico wines in the region. Representing a six-generation wine making family, St. Clair offers over 70 different wines.

Visit a Local Restaurant – Whatever you’re in the mood for, there’s a restaurant to fit your tastes in Farmington. Many locally owned and operated venues will help you experience Farmington in true New Mexican fashion. For more information on restaurants, visit https://farmingtonnm.org/plan-your-trip/where-to-dine/.

“Farmington is a place like no other—full of activities, events, culture, charm and more, but without the hustle and bustle of a larger city,” said Jamie Church, Farmington resident. “We always welcome visitors, and invite others to experience Farmington like we do. Once you’ve experienced it, you’ll understand why it’s unforgettable.”

For more information on Farmington, or for a full overview of the many activities offered, visit FarmingtonNM.org or call (505) 362-7602.