Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec

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  • As the second part of the Mesa Verde ruins trilogy Aztec and Chaco Canyon, we've looked at the ruins of buildings in Aztec. Prepared by a man discharged amazed very beautiful but also well prepared comprehensive exhibition which neither cluttered, was still exuberant and a short film on the huge building complex. It's hard to capture how these buildings in decades of planning and construction have arisen.
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  • Anasazi ruins is an excellent learning experience as well as a fun place to go through. The largest Kiva room in the area. They can also direct you to many ancient sites around New Mexico that are his...  more »
  • This National Park operated site is a must. Your learn a lot for a better understanding of the culture of ancient Anasazi society. Visit Aztec Ruins BEFORE visiting Chaco. Aztec was searched for years...  more »
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  • Very cool place to visit and reflect on life in the area thousands of years ago. It's about a half mile walk to get through the entire site. They provide a written guide to take with you when you purchase your ticket, so you can read about specific points as you walk through each area. It's a well preserved site; some of which still have ceilings! They have a nice little historical museum and gift shop as well.
  • This place is awesome and a large ruin. You can easily spend 2-3 hours exploring and photographing this site. You can explore several underground locations but you have to be short or don't mind crawling through the short doors at 3.5' to 4' height.
  • Historically significant, well maintained ruins of ancestral Puebloans. Very small park, but well maintained grounds, museum. Good for visiting with kids. Not as much to do in terms of recreation, but good educational experience.
  • We hadn't planned on stopping here, but having found ourselves in the area with time on our hands, it seemed like a good way to spend some time. And I'm glad we did. It's an excavated site of ancient (circa 1100-1300 CE) Native ruins. Not Aztec as such, despite the name, but Navajo/Hopi. Some of it has been partially reconstructed to ward off deterioration and the main Kiva has been completely rebuilt based on what was already existing. It's a fascinating piece of history that often doesn't get taught in schools. When you consider events in other part of the world during the same time period, to see something closer to home is inspiring. Certainly worthy of reflection.
  • The ranger at the front is very well informed and will give you a run down on what you're looking at, what to expect, and extra things to pay attention too. Very kind and helpful. They will give you a self guided sheet, to read as you go. I believe they said that 90% of the ruins is natural, and the other 10% was reconstructed or reinforced to ensure it's preserved. This sight it extremely rare to see. The village was believed to be PLANNED . Most villages build a few structures and add to it, as the town grew. This site has some like that, but the actual plan of location, direction it faces, decor of different stone stripped down the wall, this was planned and built by "professionals". Like a construction site today. This is the only place I've been in my travels where you can walk in, through and around a keva. It's still constructed roof and all, and was a surreal experience being inside of such a room. The local tribe still uses it for ceremonies today! You can even walk through most of the rooms in the living area itself as well. See the original roofs, look in to Windows that lead to court yards with grinding stones and an authentic door tapestry that hangs in the same place it has for hundreds of years. It really is one of the best and most well preserved sites I've been to, and I'm am really happy I took the time to visit. I would have probably never heard of it, if I wasn't staying in a nearby town, and I really would have missed out on such a fantastic historical site. I'd give 10 stars if that were an option. Don't forget to check out the museum and the short video they show telling you more about the people and the site itself. Worth the time and the drive.
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