Least Visited NPS Units: Aztec Ruins National Monument

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Aztec Ruins National Monument
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Aztec Ruins National Monument is a compact, easily reached if not very well signposted location at the edge of the small town of Aztec in northern New Mexico, along the main highway US 550. The monument contains a well preserved 12th century settlement, probably associated with the inhabitants of Mesa Verde, 35 miles northwest, though the masonry style, the relatively large buildings and the intricate construction are more reminiscent of the Chaco civilization, the center of which was 55 miles south. The site includes several kivas, one of which has been fully restored, and all can be viewed in around one hour.

2014 Visitation: 44,721
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