• 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.


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Aztec Ruins Trail Access
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Mobility-Impaired Assistance
: The visitor center, restrooms, picnic tables, and much of the trail are wheelchair accessible. The antechamber looking down into the Great Kiva accommodates most wheelchairs 29" wide or less. A pdf accessibility map of trail areas is available at the top of this page.

Hearing-Impaired Assistance: A printed trail guide is available for the self-guided tour. The regularly presented video program plays in open-caption format. Headphones are available at the information desk for assisted audio.

Sight-Impaired Assistance: A sculpture of West Ruin and replica artifacts are available for handling in the visitor center. Large print trail guides aid visitors with limited vision. Headphones are available at the information desk that provide assisted descriptive services for the regularly presented video program.

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.