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Aztec Ruins National Monument

P. O. Box 640, Aztec, NM 87410
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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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West Chicago, Illinois
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259 reviews 259 reviews
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281 helpful votes 281 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

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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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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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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
53 helpful votes 53 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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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Smaller than Mesa Verde and others in the area, but just as amazing. Beautiful ruins, and a pretty well done little exhibit area in the visitor's center. I'd like to spend more time in the Kiva recreation. It looks like it's been really well done. I think the amazing thing about "Anasaziland" is seeing all the different places and the... More

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Arizona, USA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I only had a short time to visit so I didn't want to go to Mesa Verde or Chaco Canyon...This was great. Some amazing ruins which you can visit in under an hour. A great refurbished Kiva is a key item which really gives the feel of how it must have been when ceremonies were held. And the original pueblos... More

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Layton, UT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We recently traveled through Arizona,N.M. Colorado & Utah & were told, prior to our trip, about the amazing Chaco Ruins. We enjoyed the best part of one day there. We spent the night in Bloomfield and were told about the, much smaller Aztec ruins and that we might want to visit these as well. What a pleasant surprise !! In... More

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Farmington, New Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

If you love looking at Anasazi culture and ruins, you will love this stop. Less than five minutes off the main road out of the town of Aztec, and only 20 minutes or so out of Farmington, it is well worth seeing. Surrounded by large cottonwood trees, they have put in picnic tables, so have a picnic lunch there too!... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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194 reviews 194 reviews
43 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The order has been reversed on the tour this time, and it actually works better than the original. The reconstructed Great Kiva is a mandatory visit for anyone interested in southwest Anasazi culture. I can see why the people moved there because the Animas River is nearby. There are cottonwood trees shading the area near the river, so it is... More

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