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.