• Great Kiva with Walls of West Ruin

    Aztec Ruins

    National Monument New Mexico

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?

Core and veneer wall

In places, the walls at Aztec Ruins are three feet thick, making them over twice as thick as Mesa Verde cliff dwelling architecture. Masons used the “core and veneer” style, laying a thick rubble core within a finely shaped stone veneer. This style is typical of Chaco Canyon "great house" sites.