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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 5 Attractions in Aztec
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, 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, Landmarks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Spectacular ruins where visitors can enter the only reconsructed kiva in the Southwest.
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Deer Lodge, Montana
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73 reviews 73 reviews
19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

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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97 reviews 97 reviews
31 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

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
42 helpful votes 42 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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56 reviews 56 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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
15 helpful votes 15 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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214 attraction reviews
351 helpful votes 351 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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142 reviews 142 reviews
33 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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Texas
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213 reviews 213 reviews
71 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014 via mobile

This is another important archaeological site protected by our National Park Service. It is a smaller site, but a very important site. You can spend about an hour going through the site or you can spend a lifetime studying this amazing culture. You can see the amazing stone work and some amazingly preserved rooms. You will want to combine this... More 

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Show Low, Arizona
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

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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