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“Worth a visit - No crowds”

Aztec Ruins National Monument
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Aztec
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Spectacular ruins where visitors can enter the only reconsructed kiva in the Southwest.
Reviewed September 27, 2012

Just off Hwy 550 in Aztec - worth a visit - bring your lunch as they have a nice picnic area in the shade of the cottonwood trees. Very interesting site which you can walk through the ruins. Make sure you watch the film and walk through the museum in the welcome center.

Thank Bruce M
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

So much easier to get to than Chaco! These ruins are some of the best preserved I've visited. Easy walk around the facility and the self-guided tour with brochure is as informative and interesting as any guide. Go at your own pace, rest on any one of numerous benches under large cottonwoods.

The true gem of this attraction is the restored Great Kiva. You can actually feel like you are there, that you are one of the ancient ones. The Kiva has a spiritual quality that transcends all belief systems and just makes you feel we all belong to each other. Breathtaking experience!

Definitely a must see if you are in the area!

1  Thank TravelerLY
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

Of the many sites in the Four Corners area where one can tour Native American ruins, this one must be the smallest. That can be an advantage with easily-distracted small kids or out-of-shape adults. The whole place can be toured in 2-3 hours even if you don't walk very fast.

But even within this compact space, Aztec Ruins National Monument has a lot to offer. Many stone and adobe buildings crowd the site -- dense ancient apartment houses, ceremonial burial rooms, a kiva, and several buildings about which we can only speculate on a purpose.

The visitor center contains a well-conceived museum, and they show a very informative short movie. They also have informative talks from the rangers a couple of times a day. The rangers really know their stuff and are receptive to questions.

The crowning attraction within Aztec Ruins National Monument is the kiva that was reconstructed during the first half of the twentieth century. Although the basis for the reconstruction is only 80% scientific knowledge (the rest is a matter of informed guesswork), nonetheless the kiva is the most impressive and spectacular part of this National Monument.

I visited Aztec Ruins about 25 years ago. At that time admission was free; now there is a small charge, in accordance with current National Park Service policies. But the admission is well worth it. The exhibits at the Monument have been greatly improved over the years.

2  Thank grand51paul
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Actually a very good preservation of adobe dwellings. It must be a painstaking endeavor to unearth and preserve these ruins.

Thank ArtLiz
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

We recently stayed overnight in Farmington and by recommendation viewed the Aztec Ruins. It is a definite must see if you are in this area. The history behind the site is great and the Rangers are extremely knowledgeable. You can tour on your own courtesy of a self guided book. Defiitely worth a trip.

1  Thank Marad12
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