• Great Kiva with Walls of West Ruin

    Aztec Ruins

    National Monument New Mexico

Be A Junior Ranger

Volunteer Awarding Two Junior Ranger Badges

Volunteer Awarding Two Junior Ranger Badges

NPS Photo

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?

Photo of Earl Morris house

The Visitor Center was once the home of Earl Halstead Morris, the archeologist who first excavated Aztec Ruins. He recycled some original timbers from the ruins in the building. You can still see some of these beams in the ceiling.