• Great Kiva with Walls of West Ruin

    Aztec Ruins

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • Museum Closed Starting October 27, 2014

    The Aztec Ruins museum will be closed starting Monday, October 27, 2014 to prepare for new exhibits to be installed in April 2015. The visitor center, video, and self-guided trail will remain open.

Earth Day

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Volunteer making adobe bricks

Lyn Wharton

The sixth annual Earth Day Celebration at Aztec Ruins will be Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Entrance to the monument, event, and all activities are free.

Aztec Ruins National Monument invites everyone to participate in the annual Earth Day Celebration with exhibits, crafts, and activities for all ages! The National Park Service is a national leader in environmental stewardship, and Aztec Ruins is an ideal place to discover ways each of us can reduce our impact on the environment. We can learn from the lifestyles of our ancestors and explore new technologies. Park staff partners with other land management agencies, environmental groups, local businesses, and community organization to present activities and interactive displays.

Visitors have the opportunity to visit with local experts and learn about current sustainable development technology, land and water conservation, alternative energy and fuels, and sustainable agriculture. Some of the activities involve learning about the original green buildings and shaping adobe blocks, playing recycling games, using a solar oven, and much more. Several different kinds of alternative-energy and fuel-efficient vehicles will be on display as well. Pueblo dancers share cultural perspectives on resource use, respect for the earth, and the connections between humans and the environment.

There are approximately thirty booths and activities for visitors to enjoy in addition to touring the archeological site and museum.

 
Haak'u Buffalo Dancers in Plaza
Haak'u Buffalo Dancers from Acoma Pueblo in the Plaza
NPS Photo by Vicky Ramakka

Did You Know?

Aerial view of Aztec West

President Warren G. Harding designated Aztec Ruins a national monument in 1923 in order to preserve the site "for the enlightenment and culture of the nation."