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“Great History Lesson”

Aztec Ruins National Monument
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Aztec
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Owner description: Spectacular ruins where visitors can enter the only reconsructed kiva in the Southwest.
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Great History Lesson”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

The pueblo people lived here 900-1000 years ago. You can see first hand how smart and practical they were in the buildings. Small, but well worth the stop, especially if you can't get to Mesa Verde National Park.

Visited August 2012
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New Mexico
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46 reviews
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“Mixed- nice ruins, not enough interpretive”
Reviewed March 5, 2013

Family visited here while I did something else. We've been to Bandelier and other similar sites. According to them, the ruins are nice but there could've been more explanation and interpretation. My wife was disappointed that the plants weren't labeled while my daughter said the bookstore was a little small. Those sort of comments. My son liked it and had a great time. He did the junior Ranger thing and got a badge. The ladies give it a "3", he gives it a "5", so I balanced that out with a "4". Might be more exciting in summer as I bet they run a little tighter ship, then. No complaints, mind you, just had the potential for more.

Visited March 2013
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Alpharetta, Georgia
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“Not really Aztec but good in combination with other sites in area”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

The area was not inhabited by the Aztecs but more likely by the Puebloan people represented broadly in the four corners area. Well run site by the part service. They loan you a description of the site to use during a self-guided walking tour which is interesting and helpful. The site could be completed in an hour, or 2-3 hours allows a more detailed review. An orientation film at the beginning is helpful.

Visited February 2013
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Salt Lake City, Utah
Level 6 Contributor
88 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Awesome site for southwest archaeology”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

Aztec Ruins National Monument is an awesome site for southwest archaeology. The ruins and history of the monument are very interesting and fun to explore. I would think this would be a great place for kids because you have the opportunity to climb inside some of the finished rooms and really explore the place. But make sure you watch your head! Many of the doorways are very low and its easy to bump your head if you're not careful. The restored great kiva at Aztec Ruins was also very impressive -- even if the accuracy of the restoration is somewhat doubtful. Next to Mesa Verde National Park these are some of my favorite southwest ruins.

Visited April 2012
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Royal Oak, Michigan
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Native ruins with easy access”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

We almost literally stumbled on these ruins when heading to the city. After seeing the signs, we followed to the parking lot and visitor center. I love that these ruins are so easily accessible especially when we have older or younger visitors! The best is the great kiva, painted and lit to feel that you are part of history. The drums that accompany this kiva made our family feel the power of this great structure and what it offered its community! Your park pass allows you to enter without an additional fee and there was a native crafts person working when we visited!

Visited July 2012
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