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Aztec Ruins National Monument

Address: P. O. Box 640, Aztec, NM 87410
Phone Number: 505-334-6174
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Aztec
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Spectacular ruins where visitors can enter the only reconsructed kiva in the Southwest.
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Spectacular ruins where visitors can enter the only reconsructed kiva in the Southwest.
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Middletown, Ohio
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

An excellent stop. We saw ruins in great shape and the employee there Mac Montgomery was very helpful.Great video and we found that the ruins weren't built by the Aztecs at all but the Pueblo people.Walking paths would be fairly accessible for the handicapped to get a good idea of what the place is about.

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Cypress, Texas
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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

On a 2 week girl's trip we stopped at the Aztec Ruins on our way home. Very interesting place. There were locals selling some of their jewelry out front. I suggest you get the booklet to follow along on your tour. It's a very easy walk; however, there are a few places where you have to stoop pretty low to... More 

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Deer Lodge, Montana
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86 reviews 86 reviews
20 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This place should be seen along with Chaco Culture. This monument is an easy walk and ties in with the migration from Chaco. Great kiva and other structures. Lots of good info.

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boston, ma
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32 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

From the moment we sat down to watch the informative video through the end of our trek through the ruins, we were truly amazed. It is so hard to fathom how these were built 900 years ago. One thing we especially noted was the quiet. It was wonderful. This staff was great, one of the ladies in the gift shop... More 

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WHITE MTS NEW HAMPSHIRE
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

My wife and I visited here Sept 17th 2014 and was surprised how nice it was here.Be sure to see the video before heading out and get the booklet that explaines what your seeing.There's one exibit where you can go deep inside one of the structures and be sure to see the mat of willows sewn with yucca cord still... More 

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Aztec, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

When I look around at the Kivas and how the meeting places and rooms are situated, makes me think they must have been a very interconnected group.Aztec Ruins was giving its name by the Spaniards. The Native Americans were here from the year of 900 - 1200 they were forced to migrate South due to the changes in the growing... More 

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Winfield, IL
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We decided to visit based on the reviews while we were in Durango, Co. We arrived early and were the only ones in for about 45 minutes. A video in the beginning is the perfect length for kids - not too long, and it presents the essential facts about the subject. We liked the fact that it is a self-guided... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

These excavated ruins are very accessible, especially to short people who will navigate through small doorways into different rooms easily. The interpretive guide that we borrowed from the front desk was excellent, stressing that this is a sacred place to Native Americans who believe that their ancestors are still a presence here. The movie in the visitor center was also... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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229 attraction reviews
403 helpful votes 403 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

My wife and I started in the visitor's center for the fifteen minute video, then set off on a walking tour of our own. We walked about half a mile, including pouring over the ruins. We wore hiking shoes. We were most impressed by the reconstructed kiva, the largest we'd ever seen. Some of the original timbers, dating back 900... More 

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Boulder, CO
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

After seeing Chaco Canyon, we stopped for the night in Aztec, NM. We didn't know the ruins were there until we saw a sign. We stopped in first thing in the morning and had a wonderful time doing the self guided tour of the ruins. These ruins were much more interesting and informative than the Chaco Canyon ruins were. You... More 

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