Aztec Ruins National Monument

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Aztec Ruins National Monument

Aztec Ruins National Monument, 318 acres (129 hectares), NW N.Mex., near Farmington; est. 1923. Ruins of a 12th-century Pueblo town contain interesting kivas, one of which has been completely restored. Pueblo culture reached a high level of achievement in this area. The ruins were named by early settlers who mistakenly believed that they were built by the Aztecs. See National Parks and Monuments, table.
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Aztec Ruins National Monument

Address:84 County Rd 2900
Aztec, NM 87410

Phone:505-334-6174
Fax:505-334-6372
Web: www.nps.gov/azru/
Size: 318 acres.
Established: Proclaimed on January 24, 1923.
Location:On Ruins Road about 3/4 mile north of US 516, just outside the town of Aztec, New Mexico.
Facilities:Picnic area (é), visitor center (é), museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail. Entrance fee required.
Activities:Self-guided walk, guided programs (seasonally).
Special Features:Ruins of this large 12th-century Pueblo Indian community have been partially excavated. Contrary to the name, these structures were not built by the Aztecs of central Mexico, but centuries earlier. Aztec West stands three-stories high and once had as many as 500 rooms including a ceremonial "great kiva" over 40-feet in diameter.

See other parks in New Mexico.
Parks Directory of the United States, 5th Edition. © 2007 by Omnigraphics, Inc.