• Great Kiva with Walls of West Ruin

    Aztec Ruins

    National Monument New Mexico

Directions

By Car: Aztec Ruins National Monument is located on Ruins Road about ½ mile north of New Mexico Highway 516, in the City of Aztec, New Mexico.

From Albuquerque/Bloomfield: Follow Highway 550 north into the City of Aztec, turn left at the “T” intersection onto Highway 516, drive ¾ mile, then turn right immediately after crossing the river onto Ruins Road. Follow Ruins Road ½ mile to the Monument.

From Durango: Follow Highway 550 south into the City of Aztec. Highway 550 will become 516. Follow 516 and turn right immediately after crossing the river onto Ruins Road. Follow Ruins Road ½ mile to the Monument.

From Farmington: Follow Highway 516 east into the City of Aztec. ¼ mile past Lightplant Road turn left onto Ruins Road. Follow Ruins Road ½ mile to the Monument.

By Bus: From Farmington, take the Aztec Tiger Route on the Red Apple Transit to the Westside Plaza in Aztec. It is approximately a half hour walk from the bus stop to the monument. (bus schedule) (walking map)

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."