Fish, stay, and play.
Need a little something different for your next getaway? Try a trip to the San Juan River Valley of Northwestern New Mexico for some fishing and exploring.
New Mexico's small towns of Aztec and Farmington may not be much compared to the typical vacation spot, but the beautiful San Juan river flowing nearby makes visiting the area worth while.
The San Juan River is one of the finest quality fisheries in America and fly fishers flock here like bees to honey to land, or attempt to land, trout after trout. 80,000 or so feisty trout swim through the 4.25 miles of the San Juan below the Navajo Dam tempting anglers all year long. San Juan trout are known for their heft, running an average of 17 inches.
For setting up fishing guide services or getting the latest fishing report contact Born "N" Raised on the San Juan, 505-632-2194.
Beside the nearby fishing, Farmington is central to a number of cultural locales including Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, Aztec Ruins National Monument, and Shiprock Pinnacle. The area is also awash with trading posts and shops highlighting works from local Indian artists.
After a day on the water, you won't have to travel too far for a cozy place to stay. Farmington's Casa Blanca Inn is luxury and is especially nice after a day of exploration or a day of catching trout on the San Juan. Rooms are decorated with attention to detail from the sheets, the hand carved furniture, to the decor. Attention to detail doesn't stop with the rooms. Casa Blanca's acre of gardens are exquisite and are perfect for relaxing in the San Juan sunshine. Casa Blanca is known as the finest lodging in the entire Four Corners area.
Dallasites can fly into Albuquerque and drive the remaining 180 or so miles into the Farmington area along US-550.