Aztec Ruins National Monument is a hidden treasure in northern New Mexico. This site holds a 900-year old Pueblo Great House with a reconstruction of the Great Kiva, the ceremonial meeting place for the natives of this area. Even the Visitor’s Center is the original house built by the archeologist who excavated this fascinating place.
Visitors are able to walk through the museum, which houses artifacts from the site, and watch a movie about the history of the location. Following the informative video, guests are able to go on a self-guided tour of the site.
By following the path, visitors are able to walk around and through these ancient remains. Guests can peer through the windows, walk in the doorways, and imagine what life might have been like when these buildings were being inhabited. The path is easy to walk and most of the trail is accessible by stroller.
The entrance fee is $5 per adult and children 15 and under are free. Of course, admission is included for those with a National Park pass. The park also offers a Junior Ranger program and kids can fill out a booklet as they walk the site. The rangers are happy to swear them in and give them their badge before they leave.
These formally multistory buildings are an amazing glimpse at the life of the first people to call this land in northern New Mexico home. The area around still hides many more ruins that have yet to be excavated. There is nowhere better to inspire your future archeologists.