• Great Kiva with Walls of West Ruin

    Aztec Ruins

    National Monument New Mexico

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. Participants must be 12 or older, have sure footing, 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.