Plan A Field Trip

Students stand next to an adobe wall and school busses.
Students arrive for a field trip at Aztec Ruins.

NPS Photo.

Self-Guided Field Trip:
Field trips are always welcome at Aztec Ruins. All field trips are entirely teacher-led, but Aztec Ruins can assist with educational resources to be used during your visit here.

What's Here:
Aztec Ruins National Monument is the keeper of an ancestral Pueblo great house, standing three stories tall with over 400 rooms. The central plaza features a reconstructed Great Kiva.

The Visitor Center has museum exhibits and a 15-minute park film. The bathrooms are located on the front porch of the Visitor Center, and any educational materials pre-arranged for field trip checkout (traveling trunks, teacher-trail guides, etc) will be waiting on the back porch.

Online Field Trip Scheduling: (NEW!)
View our online schedule and create a field trip request using our new online system! If you have additional questions, email azru_education@nps.gov or call us at (505) 334-6174, x232.

Logistics:
There is a bus unloading area, and bus parking. We request that teachers have one adult/chaperon for every ten students. Two hours is usually enough time for the visit itself (for 1-3 classrooms); more time should be scheduled for lunch in the picnic area. The video room can accommodate a maximum of 30 students and the video plays every half hour. Teachers and chaperons are responsible for directing their groups during the visit.

Recommended Activities for Group Rotations

  • 45 minutes on the trail: Take a teacher-guided tour of the archeological site with chaperons using the trail guide. Several types of trail guides are available for different age ranges.
  • 45 minutes in the Visitor Center: Watch the 15 minute video, tour the museum (new I-Spy activity available), and take a bathroom break.
  • 45 minutes in the picnic area: a teacher-guided educational activity
    • Replica Artifact activity (reserve a traveling trunk)
    • Walk the Old Spanish Trail (1/4 mile one-way)
    • Old Spanish Trail activity (reserve a traveling trunk for replica items)
    • Check out the Education Portal for lesson plans from related sites


Last updated: May 1, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

725 Ruins Road
Aztec, NM 87410

Phone:

(505) 334-6174 x0

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