In addition to touring Aztec Ruins, we will scout the area just north of here, around Durango, for a place to settle for a week or so. Once again, we're in search of that illusive perfect temperature. This time of year, the temps are too warm in the desert plains but still a little cold in high elevations.
|Another National Park checked off the list!|
The Aztec Ruins of New Mexico date from 1000 to 1200 with all the Puebloans leaving this site sometime in the late 1200's. They left well-preserved structures and artifacts that have told their story.
|The National Park Service provides a nice "loaner" book to help with the self-guided tour of this enormous ruin location.|
|Perfect weather. Chilly in the shade -- just right in the sunshine.|
|The tiny people in the lower left corner gives an idea how large this complex is.|
|Behind Wayne is "The Great Kiva" located in the West Ruin Plaza.|
|Inside "The Great Kiva"|
This was a sanctuary and community meeting place.
|Those Puebloans sure must have been short to get through the doorways! |
This section had at least four connecting rooms.
|This is one of the very earliest ladders known to exist. |
It's a notched log.
|This is an authentic ladder too. |
It was found on the site.
|Authentic pottery found on the site.|
|Early people were so creative.|