We encourage you to ask questions of the staff, and to take your time with the self-guided trail through the ruins and grounds. Most of our staff are professional archaeologists and have worked for decades in the area. We are all still learning about the past, but we will be glad to share the things we have discovered as scientific researchers so far!
Public Outreach and Education is our primary goal here at Salmon Ruins. Whether you are a teacher planning a classroom visit, a family traveling to see the “Best of the US”, part of a bus tour, or any other traveler, we want to meet you! The trail is self-guided using a borrowed trail guide that we will give you at the front desk. Please be aware that if the museum is closed, the site and all of the grounds are also closed. Permission to enter the grounds is granted through the museum ONLY. Your entrance fee covers all of our indoor AND outdoor exhibits, including the archaeological site.
Your pets are welcome in the Museum and Heritage Park, provided they are on a leash and you clean up their messes. We can not allow pets to walk within the archaeological site; the modern-day Pueblo tribes have requested that pets be kept out of all prehistoric pueblo sites to show respect for the ancestors. If your pet is small you may carry it while you are on the trail, but please do not put it on the ground during that time. When you check in at the museum and borrow your trail guide, our staff will help you drive down so large pets can be put in the car in a shady spot while you are visiting the site.
Age 0 - 5 Free
6 - 15 $1
16 - 59 $4
over 60/Veteran/Student $3
Entrance Fees help us pay bills,
repair and maintain exhibits,
and store artifacts.
Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday
9am - 5pm
12pm - 5pm
Copyright May 1, 2020 San Juan County Museum Association at Salmon Ruins Museum. All rights reserved.
Closed! For your safety and ours, the SITE, MUSEUM, and all GROUNDS are CLOSED until August 31st!
Many of the outdoor exhibits are wheelchair and handicap accessible, including portions of the archaeological site. When you check in at the museum and borrow your trail guide, our staff will help you drive down so you can avoid the steep hill between the museum and the grounds, or so that wheelchairs can be safely unloaded.
We love to work with school groups (scouts, college students, painting clubs, etc!) but we do need to know ahead of time that a large group is coming. There is plenty of room for parking and for turning a bus, so no need to worry. In order to get your group's visit onto our schedule, please call the Museum during working hours (Mon-Fri only!) at 505-632-2013, and talk to a member of the professional staff, or email us from our Contact page. For more information about the tours we take to other sites, please see our Tours page.