Ruins National Monument
County Road 2900 ("Ruins Road")
Aztec, NM 87410
National Monument is located on Ruins Road about 1/2
mile north of New Mexico Highway 516, in the City of
Aztec, New Mexico.
Albuquerque/Bloomfield: Follow Highway 550
north into the City of Aztec, turn left at the
�T� intersection onto Highway 516, drive 3/4
mile, then turn right immediately after crossing the
river onto Ruins Road. Follow Ruins Road 1/2 mile to
Durango: Follow Highway 550 south into the
City of Aztec.
Highway 550 will become 516.
Follow 516 and turn right immediately after
crossing the river onto Ruins Road. Follow Ruins
Road � mile to the Monument.
Farmington: Follow Highway 516 east into
the City of Aztec; 1/4 mile past Lightplant Road
turn left onto Ruins Road. Follow Ruins Road 1/2
mile to the Monument.
Ruins National Monument is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m. most of the year and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Memorial Day through Labor Day. The park is closed
Thanksgiving, December 25th, and January 1st.
Around 1100 A.D.
ancestral Pueblo people embarked on an ambitious
building project along the Animas River in
northwestern New Mexico. In less than three decades
they built a monumental �great house.� Aztec
West stands three-stories high, stretches longer
than a football field and once had as many as
500-rooms including a ceremonial �great kiva�
over 40-feet in diameter.
short trail winds through room blocks of this
massive site offering visitors a uniquely intimate
experience. Along the way discover original roofs
intact, ponder intriguing �T� shaped and
north-facing corner doors, see a reed mat left by
early inhabitants and more. The trail culminates by
descending into the reconstructed great kiva, a
building that inherently inspires contemplation,
wonder, and an ancient sense of sacredness.
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