Have You Ever Spent The Night In A Cave?

KOKOPELLI  CAVE HOTEL.  Farmington New Mexico

(koko = wood, pilau = hump)
the humpbacked Flute Player, mythical Hopi symbol of fertility,
replenishment, music, dance, and mischief.

The history of Farmington can be dated back over 2,000 years ago when the Anasazi “basket makers” lived in the area in what is now known as “pit houses” and later in pueblo structures built from the native sandstone rock.    

Their rich colorful history can still be felt and seen in their cherished ruins that accent the beautiful country side. Once the Anasazi Tribes chose to migrate north the area was taken over at times by the Navajo, Jicarilla Apache, and the Utes, which add charm and artistry to the area that is vividly apparent today. In the late 1700s. the Spanish eventually settled in the eastern part of San Juan County  It was not until mid 1870’s that the population of the area began to grow with the actual settlement of what was to become Farmingtown, later shortened to Farmington. Farmington began to blossom into a flourishing farm and ranch economy and incorporated on July 15, 1901.

In the early part of the 1900s, apples became a prime crop for the local farmers. “The harvesting of some 2,000 acres of fruit calls for a lot of activity in this valley. There are about 53,000 bearing apple trees in the San Juan district. Farmington went through several “oil and gas” booms during the 20th century. At one time, Farmington was the leading oil and gas producing area in the state of New Mexico. The oil and gas industry still remains a staple for the area.

Farmington today is a well kept cute little town. It appears to be populated with locals that seem to know everyone in town. They love to answer questions and know all the must sees in the area and what time of year to visit them. There are plenty of small local restaurants, shops and smaller hotel chain options around the outskirts of town. 

Things to see and do around Farmington

Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, is a beautiful area for hiking or just taking in the feel and sights of where you are

B Square Ranch

The B-Square Ranch is a 12,000 acre  private wildlife refuge, working farm and ranch, and home of two museums. Some 15,000 year-round and 100,000 wintering waterfowl call it home. Also in abundance are deer, pheasant, quail, hawks, eagles, and owls along with cattle, sheep, pigeons and turkeys. Seven man man made lakes covering some 75 acres also contain crappie, bas, and catfish.

Take an air-conditioned ride on a Locomotive across the countryside.

The Bolack Museum of Fish and Wildlife was built by and dedicated to Tom Bolack by the Bolack family. It is one of the largest private collections of it’s type in the world today with over 2,500 specimens. The collection from five continents gives visitors a change to view animas in their natural setting and to appreciate the beauty in nature’s animal kingdom.

The Bolack Electromechanical Museum is a forty-year collection from the areas past.  Antique electrical, radio, communication, industrial and agricultural artifacts on display.

What to go for a swim?

The Beach at Farmington Lake is a refreshing Option



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