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“Where the ancients lived”

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.
New Mexico
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75 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Where the ancients lived”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

Walk through rooms where the ancients lived, worked and played. Wonder at the intricate stonework walls. Visit the huge reconstructed ceremonial kiva and see how the original was engineered to hold up the massive roof -- mind boggling.

Visited May 2013
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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“Great find”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

We were visiting Durango, Co and had a free afternoon. Aztec, NM is only about a 35 minute drive from Durango so we decided to visit the Aztec Ruins National Monument. We were glad we did. As always with the National Parks, the visitor's center was welcoming with much information about the area. It was a self-guided tour. The ruins were well-preserved. Some of the ruins still had the rooms and roofs intact. The Great Kiva was wonderful. It had been reconstructed so you were able to enter it and actually experience the past. The ruins are small in comparison to some of the others in the area, but we enjoyed them the most. Be sure and take your camera.

Visited May 2013
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mechanicsville, MD
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59 attraction reviews
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“hidden gem for sure!”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

I am always at the places one finds national monuments and how accessible they are!
We were staying in Pagosa Springs, Co and decided to take a day trip down in surrounding areas in NM and here it was!

This is not a stand-in for Mesa Verde, but it is a very well-preserved site and well worth a visit for anyone interested in this sort of thing. Good video presentation every half-hour, also.

One thing to know: it is well marked if you enter town (the town name is Aztec) from the eastern side,but from the west, you will never see it - ASK!

Visited May 2013
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Long Beach, California
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59 attraction reviews
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“A great Ancestral Puebloan Sacred Site”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

These are not ruins, as the instructional video informs, but a sacred site. Indeed. In 1916 Earl Morris began excavations which revealed a wonderful pueblo of multi-room structures and a Great Kiva. In the 1930's Morris reconstructed the Kiva as it may have appeared in the 1200's. Native Americans revere the site and use it for present day ceremonial and religious observance.

Visited May 2013
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Freeport, Florida
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“The Aztec Ruins -- Aren't Aztec! But a Gem nonetheless!”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

We spent a lovely, peaceful hour or so on a gorgeous sunny January day exploring the Aztec Ruins on our drive thru New Mexico. We took some great photos and enjoyed the video in the visitor’s center which explained how the Indian cultures “blended” with Chaco Culture Nat’l Park, our next stop. Aztec Ruins is also easy to get to -- and Chaco is anything but easy to get to!

Aztec Ruins is quite small compared to Chaco, but still very interesting. The main Kiva is spectacular! Don’t miss it and bring your camera!

Visited January 2013
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