2023 Annual Meeting

Educational Groups

The Annual Meeting for 2023 was held at the No Worries Sports Bar on November 14, 6:30 pm.  Although sparsely attended, it included dinner,  door prizes, recognition of Joel Mayer as Volunteer of the Year, elections for next year, and a presentation of our 20+ years worth of work with the regional coal mines on subsidence and how it affects archaeological sites.  Read the Annual Report here!

Winter Arts and Crafts Fair

Events and Activities

Night Sky Programs

Summer Solstice Alignment

Exhibit Openings

There are many events throughout the year.  We'd love to see you at the next one!

Our weekend sale with Oralia Lopez and her amazing collection of Mata Ortiz pottery from Chihuahua, Mexico was a big success!  Look forward to another chance this year in the fall and make plans to attend the Friday night reception/sale or the Saturday sale!  Don't miss it!

2024 ARARA Meeting

May is New Mexico Heritage Preservation Month!  Museums all over the state will offer special events and activities, and you can find out about them from the NM Historic Preservation Division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. A calendar of statewide events is available on their website.  Here at Salmon Ruins, we recommend that you celebrate by booking one of our local archaeology tours so that you can get a close and personal experience of some of our thousands of unique and hard to find rock art, structures or geological formations.  To schedule, call the museum at 505-632-2013, Monday-Friday, 9am to 4pm!

Bastille Day

The Summer Solstice Experience is one of our most unique events!  Join us in the Salmon Ruins parking lot at 7AM on the summer solstice for a guided tour of Salmon Ruins culminating at just the right time to see the Solstice Marker at work in Room 82.  There is no charge for this event, but you are encouraged to support our museum and research with donations and gift shop purchases!

Mata Ortiz Pottery Show

Board Meetings

Farmington, NM will host the 2024 American Rock Art Research Association (ARARA) in May of 2024, and Journey Into the Past will provide 2 days of guided tours and archaeological explanation of several sites in Chaco Canyon for a select number of participants.  Transportation, lunch and water will be provided and participants will have the chance to ask all the questions they have always wanted to ask an archaeologist, but never had the chance.  We are really looking forward to participating in this meeting!

Please schedule ALL educational groups with as much advance notice as possible by calling the museum at 505-632-2013 or emailing at salmonruins.education@gmail.com, especially if you are requesting a fee waiver or a guided tour of the site and grounds, as it can be difficult to fit a date into the education schedule at certain times of year.  Tribal groups can be arranged for after-hours visits to ensure ritual privacy by contacting us via the same phone or email.

This year is our 34th Annual event at the McGee Park Office Building, and will take place on Saturday, December 2, 2023!  We have 96 vendors and expect a high turnout of shoppers, with hot food in the kitchen provided by the Northwest New Mexico Bowling Association as their own annual fund raiser!  Entrance is $1, a direct donation to the Salmon Ruins Museum, and securing you a chance for a door prize from one of the vendors.  For a booth application, click here.  The McGee Park Office Building is used annually for the San Juan County Fair (the room for sewing, painting and other crafts on display) and is located behind the Sun Ray Casino and parking area.

There are always openings on our board of directors, the people who help us plan for the future, organize and staff our events, and help us keep perspective in the wider world outside of archaeology.  If you care about our mission of protecting sites and helping the public to have better education and experiences about what we do, and live nearby, please consider joining our board!  Background in archaeology is not required.  Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of every month at 6 pm here at the museum (or on Zoom as required).‚Äč  

Heritage Preservation Month

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