Aztec Ruins National Monument!

Aztec Ruins National Monument
What is it? Aztec Ruins National Monument preserves a massive great house complex left behind by the Ancestral Puebloan people!
What makes it beautiful? This is a small park surrounded by cottonwood groves that turn bright gold in the autumn months! A leisurely stroll will let you take in the contrasts of brick and ancient wood used to date these ruins. You’ll have the chance to enter old, dark hallways and see bits of pottery and original door curtains from another time, 800 years ago! Take some time to sit inside the elegantly restored Great Kiva and imagine a whole community of others engaged in dance and ritual around great, roaring fireplaces! This is a place to let your imagination run wild!
How can I Help the Helpers? HERE’S HOW:

  • Pay the entrance fee to help maintain trails, signs, structures, and other visitor services!
  • Volunteer at Aztec Ruins National Monument!
  • Become a member of the Friends of Aztec Ruins!
  • Be a responsible visitor! Remember the old adages: Pack out what you pack in! Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints!
Where is this place? 725 Ruins Rd
Aztec, NM 87410

From Albuquerque: ~180mi (290km) — 3hrs
From Las Cruces: ~401mi (646km) — 6.7hrs
From Roswell: ~375mi (604km) — 6.3hrs
From Santa Fe: ~197mi (318km) — 3.3hrs

When should I go? The park is open daily from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM!

Click here to read about my experience in this park!

Aztec Ruins National Monument

Aztec Ruins National Monument

Aztec Ruins National Monument

Aztec Ruins National Monument

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