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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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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This has been well preserved and is well presented. It was fascinating seeing how these people had built their homes back in 800AD. They had a fantastic grasp of designing building that last and are energy efficient. Well worth the visit.

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Mount Vernon, Ohio, United States
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102 reviews 102 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I visited here after touring the smaller Salmon Ruins in Farmington, New Mexico. These are much larger and you are allowed to enter several areas. The reconstructed Kiva was interesting but I really liked the 900 year old roof that was still intact later on the trail. The craftsmanship of the construction is unbelievable. There is a $5 fee for... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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55 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is a 1/2 mile walking tour through a village built between 900-1100 AD. The rangers were very helpful to get us started and gave us a guidebook to read along the way. The path was easy walking, though some doorways required a bit of bending to get through. An informative movie filled in the rest.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

It was very interesting to see the way people used to live back then and the way they built things. My daughter was amazed because this is something they had just learned about in school and couldn't believe that she was actually there to see it herself. I would recommend this place if you have children or just want to... More

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Farmington, New Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Visit the Aztec Ruins for a walk through the past. Live, love and learn our precious ancestors lives. Understanding them helps us understand ourselves. The Ruins are so wonderfully preserved and provide a wonderful look back at life. Excellent example to see, touch and experience our past now. Know them, know you.

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Hot Springs, Arkansas
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83 reviews 83 reviews
22 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We decided to do this since it was not a far dive from Durango Mountain Resort and so glad we did we packed a picnic lunch, and they had several picnic tables that you can use before or after you're tour ! We did the self guided tour first since we missed the Video on the way in and when... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

A place not to be missed. I liked seeing Cliff Palace very much. Get there early to get tickets to the monuments.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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
13 helpful votes 13 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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