• Great Kiva with Walls of West Ruin

    Aztec Ruins

    National Monument New Mexico

Weather

Summer high temperatures range between 80° and 99° degrees with a few days over 100°. Afternoon thunderstorms usually cool things down in late July and August. The fall is usually pleasant, with mild days and crisp nights. Snow usually hits by Thanksgiving and falls periodically throughout the winter, but accumulations over 6”are rare. Winter daytime temperatures range between the 20° and 50° with cold nights that can reach 0°. Spring weather is especially unpredictable: it can be windy, cold, and wet, or still, warm, and dry. Annually Aztec Ruins receives about 10.5” of precipitation.
 
Rainbow over the Great Kiva
Rainbow over the Great Kiva after a thunderstorm
NPS Photo by Shiana Montanari

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.