• 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.

Commercial Use Authorization

Commercial Use Authorizations are required for commercial tour groups that will be guiding or providing other interpretive services in Aztec Ruins National Monument. Commercial tour outfits offering transportation to the monument for guests to take a self-guided or ranger-guided tour (but offering no outside interpretive services) do not need a Commerical Use Authorization.

The application fee for a Commercial Use Authorization is $100, and, if approved, the permit is good for a year. Additional monitoring costs are typically only necessary if the group wishes to use non-public areas or visit during irregular hours. Tour providers must carry a copy of their Commercial Use Authorization for the duration of their visit.

The forms necessary to apply for a Commercial Use Authorization are below. Mail all the required material, along with the application fee, to Aztec Ruins National Monument, Visitor Services Division, 84 Road 2900, Aztec, NM, 87410 at least two weeks prior to your visit. Please contact the Chief Ranger at 505-334-6174 x228 or e-mail us if you have any questions.


Did You Know?

Third story of Aztec West with Kiva

These “Aztec” Ruins are not ancient Aztec temples. Ancestral Pueblo people built this place. Scholars once thought the Aztecs migrated to Mexico from the southwestern U.S., causing early settlers to mistakenly call these monumental ruins along the Animas River - the "Aztec Ruins."