Cañada de la Virgen is a pre-Columbian archaeological site about 10 miles southwest of San Miguel. You should add it to your list to visit when you are in town.
The construction of these pyramids is attributed to the Toltec-Chichimec people that formed part of a larger social organization that was linked to a Toltec political system and Toltec expansion.
The site was occupied between 540 and 1050 AD and is perched on a small mesa surrounded by canyons. There are four patio/pyramid complexes, an ancient artificial pond and a ceremonial causeway. The complexes contain the remains of many living quarters along with ceremonial and burial spaces.
The site is in a semi-arid environment with several canyons. The site is oriented toward the west for the sunset and moon rise. The site for the complex was strategically chosen for its beautiful 350 degree views, the canyons for barriers and protection and its water sources.
You can have your own driver/guide take you to the attractive and informative Visitors Center. A small bus will drive you across private property into the archaeological site. You then have to walk a mile into the property itself so make sure to wear comfortable shoes. I used my own driver as a guide as the tour is in Spanish. If you want an organized trip for ease, Coyote Canyon Adventures offers group trips. Albert Coffee Archaeotours is another good source for organized trips. I have heard him speak and he is an expert on the local Pre-Hispanic history of the area.
I found it very interesting and well-worth the trip!! Make sure to visit the museum onsite which contains artifacts from the site.