Map of Aztec Ruins National Monument in New Mexico
Detailed guide of Aztec Ruins National Monument in northwestern New Mexico, in Aztec.
Aztec Ruins National Monument in northwestern New Mexico, in Aztec.
Numerous and varied structures of the Ancestral Pueblo people are preserved at this intriguing World Heritage Site. Recent evidence suggests that the settlement was planned sometime in the late 1000s, and that the community's design remained intact until the group moved away two centuries later. The enormous West Ruin, a pueblo of 400 rooms, is open to the public through an 800-yard, self-guided trail. The reconstructed Great Kiva is one of the walk's highlights. The site was proclaimed a national monument January 24, 1923, and designated a World Heritage Site in 1987.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Hiking, watching video program. Facilities: Visitor center with museum and interpretive exhibits, movie, self-guided tours, hiking trails. Picnic area. Programs & Events: Interpretive talks (daily Memorial Day-Labor Day; less frequently May, Sept., and Oct.). Tips & Hints: Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Dec. and Jan. Visit in May for wildflowers and Oct. for fall colors.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
Camping: None at site. In Farmington: Riverside Mobile Park (120 S. Gooding La., tel. 505/327-2566; 11 RV sites; $6-$17). E3 Hotels: None in park. In Farmington: Best Western Inn & Suites (700 Scott Ave., tel. 505/327-5221; 194 rooms; $99-$109). In Aztec: Step Back Inn (123 W. Aztec Blvd., tel. 505/334-1200 or 800/334-1255; 39 rooms; $98). X Restaurants: None in park. In Aztec: Aztec Restaurant (107 E. Aztec Blvd., tel. 505/334-9586; $5-$7), Highway Grill (401 N.E. Aztec Blvd., tel. 505/334-6533; $6-$12; closed Sun.). 6 Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Aztec: Frontier Sports (300 N.E. Aztec Blvd., tel. 505/ 334-0009), Safeway (415 N. Main St., tel. 505/334-7334).
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Entrance fee: $4 adults, free ages 17 and under. Leashed pets in picnic area, no pets on trail. Monument and visitor center open Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 8-6; Labor Day-Memorial Day, daily 8-5.
HOW TO GET THERE
10 mi east of Farmington and 35 mi south of Durango, CO, via U.S. 550, lA mi south of Ruins Rd. Closest airports: Farmington (15 mi), Albuquerque (180 mi).
Aztec Ruins National Monument (84 County Rd. 2900, Aztec, NM 87410, tel. 505/334-6174, fax 505/334-6372,). Aztec Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center (110 N. Ash St., Aztec, NM 87410, tel. 505/334-9551, fax 505/334-7648,).
Aztec Ruins National Monument guide. Detailed guide of Aztec Ruins National Monument In northwestern New Mexico, in Aztec