Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec
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These ruins are a must see if you are traveling through Aztec, NM. They are located right off the main street. They have a really nice museum with artifacts. It's only $5.00 per person to tour everyth... read more »
Maybe because it was smaller and there weren't so many people visiting, but the energy here seemed very special. You are given a booklet to read as you self-tour the site which was really easy to unde... read more »
October is a great time to visit. Not too hot, and the cottonwoods are a bright yellow making the pictures look so nice. There is a restored Kiva (ceremonial room) and the rest are ruins. It was not s... read more »
I'm not quite sure what I expected but it wasn't quite this. The size of the existing structures and the condition of the site are both amazing. They have a self guided tour that you can walk at your own pace, stopping at numbered markers along the way describing points of interest. It was very educational and am amazing experience. You shouldn't need more than an afternoon to get through it all.
Of all the ancestrial puebloan sites in San Juan County, NM the Aztec Ruin is the most developed for tourists. You'll find National Forest staff, gift shop, re-built kiva, walking tours, theater and park - all near RV and motel facilities in Aztec, NM. The only thing keeping it from a 5-star rating is that it's not really much of an active archaeological dig anymore.
The family and I had a great time walking around the ruins. It is quite a short walk to fully get around the ruins. Allow at least two hours to fully explore the ruins and take in the visitor information movie. The Ranger in the Kiva was very informative as well. They have fully rebuilt a Kiva to what it originally would have been like which is quite interesting. Kids stopped in the Kiva for at least 20 minutes chatting to the Ranger and asking questions. We detoured from Durango to visit on our way to Cortez and we are glad we did. Shiprock is nearby too if you want to make a day of it. Don't forget the Junior Ranger Program for the little ones.
The best $5 you can spend if you're rolling through Aztec and have an hour for some deep culture. The great thing about Aztec Ruin is that it has a immense amount of artifacts and a very large village site, but it's all very compact and accessible. It's basically in town and one can easily survey the entire site in an hour. Plus it's not been too crowded any time I've gone. If you don't want to spend all day at Mesa Verde but still want to have a quality experience in pre-history, this is it. Also, there's a sweet campground / RV park less than a mile from the entrance.
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I went in with my family and the guy that was giving us the tickets told me I looked like 15 (when I am in fact 21) and got me in for free.. -ageist-, he heard us talk in spanish and asked us: where are you from? Spain or Mexico? -racist- and then out of all of us, only made eye contact with the male bodied people I was with -sexist. Once we got our tickets, I was afraid we would be only reading and receiving the white mens' perspective of the site but in fact we also got to hear and read from other tribes from around and their relationship with the land, way more insightful and refreshing. Great sights.
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