Is this an Aztec site?
Early settlers assumed that the structures found at this monument were constructed by the Aztec people. This area was actually inhabited by the Anasazi - ancestors of the Puebloan people.
The visitor center is wonderful! If you study the construction of the visitor center you will be able to see many of the native American building practices at work. There is a fairly short movie provided here that is well worth viewing. This film helped my son to understand that the ancient inhabitants of these ruins were a lot like people today.
Many artifacts are on display. A few of the displays were closed - but signs explained that the items formerly displayed are sacred to the Indians in the area today. The park personnel removed these displays out of respect for Indian culture - and I sure can't fault 'em for that!
The park employees were friendly, quite helpful, and were knowledgeable. The fees are $8.00 per adult. Children under 17 are free. It is worth the fee - but if you plan on visiting other monuments please consider the Golden Passports!
There is no camping here. This Monument can be seen in a little over an hour so camping in the area is not required. My family was traveling south and camped at Angel Peak Recreation Area (25 miles away). If you are heading south - check it out!
The ruins here are fantastic! There are many areas where you are allowed
to walk right through rooms and into ancient public areas. An archaeological
group was excavating at the time of our visit but the area where they were
working was blocked off.
One of the great Kivas has been rebuilt. I thought this took away from the site until I stepped inside.
If you enjoy gift shops or trading posts check out the shops surrounding the monument parking area!