Land office to host Oct. 21 tour of Río Arriba County Navajo pueblitos


New Mexico's State Land Office will host an archaeological site tour of two 300-year-old Navajo pueblitos located on state trust lands in Río Arriba County.

The tour is scheduled for Oct. 21, a Saturday. Participants will explore the ancient ruins known as "Three Corn" and "Old Fort" with State Land Office archaeologists David Eck and Lia Tsesmeli, according to a press release from the office.

Space is limited to 24 people who are at least 18 years old. All registrations will be accepted through an online portal and are on a first-come, first-served basis. The office will provide further instructions once an applicant is accepted. The tours will depart from Farmington.

Three Corn Ruin is situated atop an isolated sandstone massif, or mesita, and its name comes from a series of petroglyphs at the foot of the massif depicting three corn plants, according to the land office. The pueblito consists of three room blocks of at least 13 rooms, along with two forked-stick hogans, also known as male hogans, and a defensive perimeter wall at cliff's edge.

Old Fort Ruin, located along the edge of a mesa overlooking San Rafael Canyon, appears to have been built between 1746 and 1753, according to the land office.

Visit and click on the "education/tours" tab to register for the tour. For more information, call the State Land Office at (505) 827-5760.