Aztec is your gateway to adventure out into the surrounding wilderness to see ancient Puebloan ruins, Dinétah pueblitos, and petroglyphs.
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Located in the city limits of Aztec, Aztec Ruins National Monument should be your first stop to visiting ancient Puebloan ruins. A national monument and UNESCO World Heritage site, it includes 400 rooms and North America's largest reconstructed Great Kiva. The self-guided tour is approximately 45 minutes long. In addition, there is a museum, bookstore, restrooms, picnic area and regularly scheduled special events.
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Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Located approx. 80 miles south of Aztec, Chaco Culture National Historical Park is another UNESCO World Heritage site. Central to the ancestral Puebloan culture it is located in a canyon that contains the largest excavated ruins in the Southwest. The area features hundreds of small sites and 13 major ruins, most of which are accessible by car or on foot.
Dinetah Archaeology (Pueblitos & Petroglyphs)
Located in various canyons east and south of Aztec, many of these pueblitos and petroglyphs (rock art) are accessible by four-wheel vehicle and short hikes. Pueblitos are generally found in defensible locations along mesa rims and on isolated outcrops and boulders. The structures themselves can consist of one to six rooms and take the form of multi-storied towers, cliff dwellings, and fort-like enclosures. The most popular sites available for public visits are:
☛ The sites are hundreds of years old. They are fragile and irreplaceable and your help is needed to preserve them for future generations to enjoy.
☛ Do not climb on the walls or roofs of any ruins.
☛ Do not remove artifacts from the sites. You may examine them, but leave them where you found them. Removal of artifacts is a Federal Crime and punishable by law.
☛ Do not touch rock art panels. The acids on your skin can damage them.
☛ Pack out your trash.
☛ Maps and directions are for information only and are provided "as is" without warranty or any representation of accuracy, or timeliness of completeness.
☛ A 4-wheel drive, high clearance vehicle is highly recommended, with a full tank of gas.
☛ Pack a lunch and bring lots of water.
☛ Check the weather before heading out. Roads may become impassable when wet.
☛ Do not cross any washes that have water running in them. You may get stuck or swept away.
☛ The roads used to access the sites are oil & gas field roads. Be aware of large trucks and keep to the right of the road on hills and blind corners.
☛ Cell phone service is not available in some areas.
☛ Visit these sites at your own risk. The BLM, the City of Aztec Visitor Center and their employees are not responsible for injuries or damages to personal property.
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Aztec Ruins Great Kiva
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Sample Petroglyph at Crow Canyon Main Panel Site.