AZTEC RUINS NATIONAL MONUMENT

Aerial view of the ruins from the north.

Unlike most major ancestral Puebloan ruins, Aztec Ruins is exceptionally convenient to visitors: it's within the city limits of Aztec. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it includes 500 rooms and North America's largest reconstructed Great Kiva. The self-guided tour is approximately 45 minutes long. Also: museum, bookstore, restrooms, picnic area and regularly scheduled special events. www.nps.gov/azru/