Fodor's Expert Review Kokopelli's Cave
The cave parking area is about 20 minutes northwest from Downtown Farmington, Farmington, New Mexico, 87401, USA
Carved into the cliff side 250 feet above the La Plata River and surrounded by distant mountains (on a clear day you can see Shiprock and the Chuskas), this man-made cave's exposed sandstone walls trace 70 million years of erosion history. Blasted out in the 1980s and '90s—and originally intended as a getaway office for a local geologist—the decor is generally modern, with a bit of a 1960s "conversation pit" feel. It's laid out like a home, with a fireplace in the den, full kitchen, and a rustic shower that trickles into a hot tub. Two terraces provide breathtaking views, and a trail on the cliff face runs some 70 vertical feet to the parking area. The cave accommodates up to six people and remains a temperate 72°F year-round. Book at least one month in advance. Note: Guests are instructed to stop at the manager's home to check in before going to the cave. Lindy Poole, the congenial manager, will accompany all visitors on their first time out—and fill them in on some of the antics it took to outfit the place.
- the space is immaculate, and more spacious—tall people will be comfortable—than photos indicate
- it is a truly unique experience to stay inside a cave on a cliff dwelling
- cave isn't easy to access, especially with large luggage
- food supplied is supermarket-deli caliber