• 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.

Guided Tours

West Ruin Tours

Taking a ranger-guided tour is a wonderful way to learn about site history and some of the colorful details that make Aztec Ruins such a fascinating place. Free West Ruin tours are offered daily during the summer season and last about an hour.

East Ruin Tours

This is a chance to see an unexcavated Great House normally off-limits to the public. Rangers take groups of 15 people to this unstabilized site once a month during the summer season. The tours are free but reservations are required. The tour is recommended for adults and children 12 and older. Participants should have strong balance, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water/sun protection. Tours last approximately one hour.

 
Ranger giving a guided tour
Ranger giving a guided tour of West Ruin
NPS Photo

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.