Footprint of Ancestral Pueblo Society
Pueblo people describe this site as part of their migration journey. Today you can follow their ancient passageways to a distant time. Explore a 900-year old ancestral Pueblo Great House of over 400 masonry rooms. Look up and see original timbers holding up the roof. Search for the fingerprints of ancient workers in the mortar. Listen for an echo of ritual drums in the reconstructed Great Kiva.
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East Ruin Tours
The park offers guided tours to East Ruin, an unexcavated Great House, once a month during the summer season. Free reservations are required.Read More
Junior Ranger Camps
Free summer Junior Ranger camps are an immersive opportunity for children to learn about ancestral Pueblo culture. Register through San Juan College.Read More
Summer Lecture Series
Each summer Aztec Ruins hosts a diverse array of authors, scholars, and artists to give free public presentations.Read More
World Heritage Designation
In 1987 Aztec Ruins became a UNESCO World Heritage site as part of Chaco Culture. There are only 21 such special places in the United States.Read More
The Digital Archeological Record (tDAR)
This website is a repository for hundreds of images of Aztec Ruins and other archeological sites.Read More
Annual Earth Day Celebration
Activities, crafts, and displays for all ages are offered to foster discussion about caring for our environment.Read More
Did You Know?
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."