• 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.

Animals

Aztec Ruins encompasses 320 acres of diverse habitat supporting a wide variety of mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles. Riparian and pinon-juniper woodland areas, along with patches of once-cultivated grassy fields, orchards, and desert scrub support 28 documented mammal species, at least 70 bird species, 3 amphibians and 10 reptiles. As residential developments expand, Aztec Ruins has become an increasingly important haven for three species of concern in spite to the park's relatively small size.

Did You Know?

Inside the Great Kiva

A place of ceremony, social interaction, and council the Great Kiva was the core of an ancient Pueblo community at Aztec Ruins. Centrally located within the plaza of the West Ruin, this is the largest reconstructed “great kiva” anywhere.