TRAVELOGUE: Farmington NM – An Overnight Destination, Part Three

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One of my favorite places to meander during my two full days in Farmington was the Riverside Nature Center, which is also connected to the Animas River Trail behind my hotel. The River Trail is eight miles, and is frequented by runners, dog walkers, tourists, and people just out to enjoy outdoors… a well-used and appreciated asset to the city.

The peaceful River Trail through the Nature Park

The peaceful River Trail through the Nature Park

Wetlands in Nature Park.

Wetlands in the Nature Park.

PedestrianBridge over the Animas River.

PedestrianBridge over the Animas River.

The Animas River from Pedestrian Bridge.

The Animas River from Pedestrian Bridge.

The River Trail through the Nature Center is especially scenic, and educational as well.

Labels enlighten visitors at the Nature Center Herb Gardens.

Labels enlighten visitors at the Nature Center Herb Gardens.

Banana Yucca Plant.

Banana Yucca Plant.

There are many gardens and an abundance of wildlife that are more than likely ‘spoiled’ by the sanctuary the Nature Center offers.

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If you’d rather golf your way through nature, Farmington’s Pinon Hills Golf Course is a scenic and challenging course and ranked among the best – and best bargain – municipal golf courses in the country.

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It’s been a full two days of exploring Farmington. It’s time to treat yourself to a relaxing and decadent dinner at St. Clair Winery and Bistro. Coming from six generations of French wine makers, the Lescombes family brought impeccable winemaking to New Mexico, and has a solid history of producing some of New Mexico’s most sought-after wines.

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The bistro menu and presentation matches the excellence of the winery.

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A disarrayed table indicates happy customers have enjoyed wine and delectables at St. Claire Winery and Bistro.

A disarrayed table indicates happy customers have enjoyed wine and delectables at St. Claire Winery and Bistro.

Be enticed. Make Farmington your next overnight destination.

Cynda Green

Cynda Green is an investigative reporter, writer, and photographer based out of Salida, Colorado. She may be contacted at cyndagreen@gmail.com.

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