I’ve said before that one of my favorite things about my quest to see all the National Parks is visiting the ones I’d never heard of, and being delighted with my discoveries, over and over.
The sleepy town of Farmington, NM has both a “whiplash center” and a store called Uniform Kingdom. There’s some deeper significance there, though I’m not sure what it is. I’m picturing a glut of work-related injuries, but I didn’t stay long enough to do the necessary research.
Farmington is also next door to the Aztec Ruins National Monument, which was quite simply amazing. 900-year old ruins in all their well-preserved glory.
Of course, they’re not Aztec ruins at all, they’re Puebloan. Apparently some uninformed Spaniard gave them that name and it stuck, but no matter. They’re gorgeous, despite the misnomer. (Click on an image to see it larger in a slideshow.)
P.S. If you’re a beer lover, don’t miss Three Rivers Brewery on the main drag in town, where I had an excellent IPA and roasted chicken dinner.
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