• 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.

For Kids

Aztec Ruins Junior Ranger Patch

Earn an Aztec Ruins Junior Ranger Patch Online!

Kids, you can earn an Aztec Ruins Junior Ranger patch by completing Junior Ranger activities online! You will learn about the daily lives of ancestral Pueblo people, the food they ate, their music, their artwork, the Great Kiva at Aztec Ruins, and how we preserve the site today. Once you watch four videos and do four activities, have a parent help you fill out the address form, and we will mail your patch. Classrooms are welcome to do the Junior Ranger program; unfortunately we can't send patches for large groups, but we'll send your class Junior Ranger stickers! The program is designed for elementary school-aged students. Good luck!

Children in Junior Ranger Camp

Ranger working with kids in a free Junior Ranger Camp during the summer of 2012.

NPS Photo by Junior Ranger Camper

Or Earn a Junior Ranger Badge When You Visit the Park!

Children can become Junior Rangers and earn an Aztec Ruins Junior Ranger badge by exploring the archeological site and answering questions in our Junior Ranger activity booklet, provided at the visitor center. They learn about the history and preservation of this place while making connections to the ancestral Pueblo world.

Did You Know?

Photo of deer in the historic orchard

Despite being surrounded by a modern community, Aztec Ruins offers habitat for a number of species. The high desert and riparian environments serve as home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Large mammals commonly seen are mule deer; less common visitors have been cougars and black bears.