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Aztec Ruins National Monument

P. O. Box 640, Aztec, NM 87410
505-334-6174
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Ranked #1 of 3 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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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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52 reviews 52 reviews
9 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

If you're interested in Pueblo Indian culture and ruins, you have to visit the Aztec Ruins State Park in Aztec, New Mexico. Easily accessible for everyone, even the mobility challenged. You can get up close and personal with these ancient ruins of a past civilization. Wonderful place for children. The restored Kiva is a must see and the short video... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This partially excavated, partially restored ancient ruin was a neat surprise. Visitors are able to walk through the 900 year-old doorways and go from room to room where the ancient tribal people once lived. It's a quiet, pleasant site with easy access from the main road. Very informative and intriguing, and worth taking the time to drive over for a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This is an amazing monument. Having the opportunity to walk among the ancient Puebloan ruins really gives you a sense of how they lived and how hard they must have worked. It really is awe inspiring. Catch the introduction video, and walk through the museum to get a sense of how they were, then walk out to the great kiva... More

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Houston, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I visited this place in July but I went there early (8am) to beat the heat. This is not a big place. 1 hour will be more than enough to see all the ruins. If you don't want to go into the remote Chaco Canyon, this place is a nice little representation of the Pueblo culture.

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Mesa, Arizona
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

A self guided tour is possible with this well maintained site. We went here after seeing Chaco Canyon. The history of this area is fascinating.

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West Chicago, Illinois
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261 reviews 261 reviews
97 attraction reviews
286 helpful votes 286 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is well worth a couple of hours to do it justice. It is quite extensive. There is a small museum in the building where you pay to enter the site - it is well done but the outside area is what is most worthwhile. It was restored many years ago but they... More

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Magnolia, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Less than a 30 minute drive from Durango is the fantastic Aztec Indian ruins. Although not Aztec, the name has stuck and it really is a good place to visit. The "main house" was reconstructed many years ago, but the rest of the ruins is fairly natural. The kivas and rooms are very impressive. Lots of artifacts have been found... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

My kids were able to get a ranger badge for answering questions about the ruins after we went through they were very proud to earn the badge and learned a lot

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Very helpful rangers, They answered questions gave us a self tour book to see as much or as little of the monument as you have time.

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Mora, New Mexico
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We stopped at this National Monument during the 4th of July weekend. We had visited Chaco Canyon the day before and decided to stop here on our way to Mesa Verde. It was definitely well worth the time. The visitor center is very nice. It has a gift shop area and a museum. There is also a short film that... More

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