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“History lesson not to be missed!”

Aztec Ruins National Monument
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Aztec
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Spectacular ruins where visitors can enter the only reconsructed kiva in the Southwest.
Reviewed 26 September 2013

The biggest draw is the Great House replication that you can walk around in and get a real sense of how Native American worship and congregating might have been like.

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Reviewed 17 September 2013

We loved stopping here. Being able to walk inside the ruins was fascinating! Seeing 800yr old "curtains" was jaw dropping. Betting able to go inside the rebuild kiva really helped us understand how impressive the kiva must have been. The museum is great and the staff are very helpful in answering questions. If you are even remotely into archaeology this a must see stop on any trip!

Thank R S
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

I have been reading some of the reviews here and it seems there is a little misconception. Only the Kiva is reconstructed. The rooms that you walk through are original (have a ranger explain why they are so well preserved). Some of the doorways are low, so watch your head! In one room, if you look through the glass, you will see an original reed mat still hanging from the door (take the booklet guide with you so you don't miss this). Amazing to think it is over 900 years old. Even though the Great Kiva is reconstructed, it is still a spiritual place. When you walk in, push the audio button and listen to the soundtrack. It sets the mood for you.

The rangers are professional and extremely knowledgeable. The movie is excellent. There are many artifacts in the museum, including an original ladder, one of the best preserved anywhere. Make the time to stop here! The park is working on creating hiking trails. Right now, you only walk through the site, which is relatively small. Chaco is great, but Aztec is better. You actually get a feel for how the people lived.

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Reviewed 8 September 2013

Aztec Ruins are some of the most impressive in the 4 corners area. Chaco Canyon gets a lot of the attention, but Aztec Ruins is most impressive and not to be overlooked. Historically, for the history of archaeological discovery, these are of interest as well. The ruins are easy to get to, along a well traveled road, and because of their accessibility should not be missed. Gives another perspective to the archaeological sites in the 4 corners region. If one has the interest and time, this should be combined with Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, Canyon de Chelly, Montezumas Castle, and Walnut Canyon. If one does not have the depth of interest or the time, don't miss Aztec Ruins when traveling through this part of the country.

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Reviewed 5 September 2013

Having visited Mesa Verde earlier in the week, this self-guided walking tour required much less effort physically, and was still interesting because you got to walk through the ruins themselves. This particular area has been restored more than Mesa Verde, in my opinion, especially the great Kiva, so for me, it took away some of the authenticity. Still, it was very interesting, and the short movie inside the visitor center, as well as the artifacts on display, made for a nice couple of hours.

Thank Deb M
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