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.
A 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.
Aztec Ruins National Monument is located on Ruins Road about 1/2 mile north of New Mexico Highway 516, in the City of Aztec, New Mexico.
Corner doorway Aztec West