Unlike most major ancestral Puebloan ruins, Aztec Ruins is exceptionally convenient to visitors: it's within the city limits of Aztec. Aztec Ruins National Monument was designated a World Heritage site in 1987 as part of Chaco Culture World Heritage site because it preserves important Pueblo architectural and engineering achievements.

Today you can follow their ancient passageways to a distant time through a self-guided tour that is approximately 45 minutes long. Explore a 900-year old ancestral pueblo Great House of over 400 masonry rooms and North America's largest reconstructed great kiva. Look up and see original timbers holding up the roof. Search for the fingerprints of ancient workers in the mortar.

Also available at the monument is a museum, bookstore, restrooms, picnic area and regularly scheduled special events.
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