Camping and hiking information
with tips for parents
Camping and hiking information
with tips for parents

Aztec Ruins National Monument

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.

This park qualifies as a four Roo site.
For information on the Roo rating system just click on the Roos!

Ranger 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!

picnicThere are no designated picnic areas here - but you'll find plenty of nice benches in the shade should you decide to lunch here.

A 400 yard trail winds through the ruins. Much of this trail is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers - but if you want to go into the ruins (highly recommended) take small kids in a backpack.beautiful native American ruins

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 boy Blake in the ruins
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!


This park is located in Aztec, New Mexico. (the north-western corner of the state) .5 miles from highway 550 on Ruins Road Just follow the brown park service signs! For more information please visit the National Park Service web site. Or e-m
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