• Great Kiva with Walls of West Ruin

    Aztec Ruins

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • Museum Closed Starting October 27, 2014

    The Aztec Ruins museum will be closed starting Monday, October 27, 2014 to prepare for new exhibits to be installed in April 2015. The visitor center, video, and self-guided trail will remain open.

Be A Junior Ranger

Volunteer Awarding Two Junior Ranger Badges

Volunteer Awarding Two Junior Ranger Badges

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Junior Ranger Program

Children can become Junior Rangers and earn an Aztec Ruins Junior Ranger badge by exploring the ruins and answering questions in our Junior Ranger booklet, provided at the visitor center. Along the way they learn about the history and preservation of this place while making connections to the Ancestral Pueblo world. Earning a junior ranger badge takes about half an hour, and the program is free.

Did You Know?

Animas River

Aztec Ruins lies near the banks of the "River of Lost Souls." In 1776, a Spanish exploration party noted many ancestral Pueblo ruins as they crossed the Animas River valley looking for California. Father Escalante named the stream "Rio de las Animas Perdidas," or "river of lost souls."