Aztec Ruins National Monument

Nine hundred years ago, a bustling Pueblo community lived in the stone buildings at the Aztec Ruins National Monument. Today, you can walk through their homes and imagine ancient ceremonies in the reconstructed kiva. Whether you're a student of history or you're traveling with the family, the museum, short hiking trails, and exceptional ranger-led programs make a memorable experience. Small but fascinating, the ruins are the perfect home base for a longer trip in northern New Mexico; Chaco Canyon, Navajo Lake State Park, and the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad all sit within a two-hour drive.

Where to Stay

RV Parks & Campgrounds Near Aztec Ruins National Monument

Aztec Ruins National Monument sits at 5,600 feet above sea level, which leads to temperature and weather extremes. RV camping is a wonderful way to experience the ruins and sleep comfortably, no matter what time of year you're visiting. Don't have your own RV? No problem — with RVshare, you can rent the perfect motorhome for the duration of your trip. There are no campgrounds inside the monument, but you'll find plenty of options nearby.

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Things to Do

Things To Do Near Aztec Ruins National Monument

The ruins are the highlight of any visit to the Aztec Ruins National Monument. Take the self-guided walking tour and explore the Great House and the individual rooms at your own pace. If you'd like more insight into the history of the house, join one of the ranger-led tours. The Great Kiva, a round room that's partially buried in the earth, is an exciting chance to see what the ruins might have looked like when they were in use 900 years ago.

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How To Get To Aztec Ruins National Monument

To reach Aztec Ruins National Monument, you'll need to get to the town of Aztec, New Mexico. If you're coming from Colorado, head south on Highway 550. From Albuquerque, take Highway 550 north. From the east or west, take Highway 64 and turn north on NM 516 in Farmington or north on Highway 550 in Bloomfield. Once you're in Aztec, take Ruins Road to the park entrance. Crowd levels are highest in the summer, but fall brings more pleasant temperatures and lower visitor numbers.


725 Ruins Road, Aztec, NM 87410

Fee: Entry Fee (Per Vehicle)

There is no entry fee.

Aztec Ruins National Monument offers the unique opportunity to experience the way ancient Pueblo people lived, worked, and worshipped in New Mexico. Whether you're interested in the history of the region or you're looking for a pleasant stroll through the ruins, the park makes a fascinating day trip. Whether you're coming for a weekend or longer, an RV is a comfortable way to take in the beauty of the northern New Mexico landscape any time of year.