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Aztec Ruins National Monument

P. O. Box 640, Aztec, NM 87410
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Aztec
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
Activities: Hiking
Description: Spectacular ruins where visitors can enter the only reconsructed kiva in the Southwest.
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Show Low, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

This is perhaps the most impressive place for seeing how the Ancient Ones lived and their architecture. Unlike Mesa Verde this is an open tour location...self guided. It compares well with Mesa Verde in the realm of historic value and information presented. It is accessible to young and old and we saw some wheelchairs there. The autumn colors are magnificent... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I lived so close for so long, and never knew they were there.... I was amazed to find these ruins here, and fascinated by the extensive sites and well preserved relics.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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64 reviews 64 reviews
27 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

My wife and I were on a "journey" trip, as opposed to a "destination" trip. Each day, we would look over the proposed itinerary I had prepared before we left, and my wife would suggest stops along the way. The number of stops would determine the number of miles we would target for that day's journey. The only rule was... More

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Seattle, Washington
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34 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

On our way from Durango to Albuquerque we stopped for a visit. It's quite interesting how people went about their daily lives. Yes it's been restored & made safe for the public. Your National Park pass works here also.

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

One of the Chaco outliers -- it really makes sense to make this a part of a visit when you are in the area because of the difference in landscape.

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Norman, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

They are a restored Kiva. The most massive Kiva I have ever seen. Short hike, only 3/4 of a mile well worth the drive to see.

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Cave Creek, Arizona
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159 reviews 159 reviews
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This ruins is somewhat a collection of what you might find at Chaco & Mesa Verde National Parks. The terrain is flat, the ruins great and if you take their tour it's only an hour. It is located within the city of Aztec making it very accessible. There has been some restoration and the compactness of the Monument makes it... More

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The Monument protects some old ruins. The visitor's center has a nice museum, and a 15 minute video that was very interesting. I took the self guided tour of the ruins. You can borrow a tour book that tells you what you are looking at. Nice place to visit.

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Green Valley, Arizona
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194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

These are some of the largest and best preserved Ancestral Pueblo Ruins in the SW and the best part is they are easy to reach via scenic Hwy 564 in NE Arizona, not crowded, the paved and level trail which leaves from behind the Visitor a Center is accessible for wheelchair users, and you can actually walk on the ruins,... More

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We really enjoyed our afternoon here. We were fortunate to arrive in time for a talk by Ranger Danielle who was really engaging and informative and helped to link us all into the history of the place. You get to walk around the Puebloan ruins and go inside a reconstructed Keva - which was amazing. Would thoroughly recommend a trip... More

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