Aztec Ruins National Monument
View a slide shows
of the Ruins
Ruins is a national monument preserving structures and artifacts
left by Ancestral Pueblo. The buildings date back to 1100 and 1200's.
The area was used by native from Chaco Canyon to the south and by
people from Mesa Verde to the north. The visitors center is open
all year from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Memorial Day through Labor
Day, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. It is closed Thanksgiving Day, December
25 and January 1. Aztec Ruins National Monument is located on Ruins
Road about 3/4 mile north of U.S. Highway 516, just outside the
town of Aztec, New Mexico.
is no lodging available in the park but Aztec
New Mexico and Durango,
Colorado are all close by and offer lodging and dining. Weather
at the park is relatively mild during the winter with occasional
snow. The evening can get very chilly with temperatures dropping
below zero. Summer temperatures range from the upper 80's to low
90's with cooler nights and the occasional summer thunderstorms.
When you visit Aztec Ruins make sure to take a self guided tour
along a 1/2 mile trail through the West Ruins. These ruins are a
pueblo that contains 450 interconnected rooms built from mud and
stone. As you take the tour, you'll walk through rooms that still
have their original roofs and through a reconstructed Great Kiva.
Kivas were structures used for community activities. Rangers will
occasionally give talks during the summer but there is a 25 minute
orientation video that shows throughout the day in the visitors