• 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.

State of the Park

Great Kiva with site in background

Great Kiva with West Ruin in the background

NPS Photo

On January 24, 1923 Aztec Ruins became a National Monument through the executive order of President Warren G. Harding. Since then, the park has grown considerably. Over time, the park's boundaries were expanded to include East Ruin and North Ruin as well as many smaller structures. On December 8, 1987 the monument was honored with its UNESCO World Heritage designation along with Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The designation recognizes the outstanding universal value of ancestral Pueblo architecture and culture. Today the monument plays an active role in the local community and has strong partnerships with local governments and schools. These partnerships help support the local economy and foster a next generation of National Park Service stewards.

Did You Know?

Photo of deer in the historic orchard

Despite being surrounded by a modern community, Aztec Ruins offers habitat for a number of species. The high desert and riparian environments serve as home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Large mammals commonly seen are mule deer; less common visitors have been cougars and black bears.