• 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.

Special Park Use

A special park use permit is required for commercial photography, commercial filming, and some other uses. To request a special use permit, you must complete one of the following forms and submit it with your application fee. Contact the Chief Ranger at 505-334-6174 or e-mail us if you have any questions. It is recommended that you call to discuss the feasibility of your request before submitting your application and non-refundable fee.

Short version of the application for special park use permit in MSword. As a pdf. Use the short version if your request is relatively simple, uses only public areas of the park, and does not involve a lot of equipment.

Long version of the application for special park use permit in MSWord. As a pdf. Use the long version if your request requires going off-trail, spans multiple days, or involves significant equipment.

Short version of the application for commercial filming/still photography permit in MSWord. As a pdf. Use the short version if your request is relatively simple and only requires use of public areas of the park.

Long version of the application for commerical filming/still photography permit in MSWord. As a pdf. Use the long version if your request requires electricity, livestock/animals, aircraft, off-trail areas, stunts, or other special effects.

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."