NPS Centennial

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. As we lead up to the centennial, we invite you to participate in Find Your Park Experiences to learn, discover, be inspired, or simply have fun in national parks. Find Your Park Experiences offer unique opportunities to explore national parks both in person and online. Check out the experiences in this park or search all experiences to identify an opportunity that matches your interests. You can also share your national park story at

A Call to Action remains the foundation for our 2016 centennial preparations. It is the National Park Service's blueprint for the future, outlining the innovative work we want to accomplish. Aztec Ruins National Monument is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing and get involved!



  • Find Your World Heritage Sites in the United States

    A park visitor stands in Yosemite Valley. Behind him is Yosemite Falls.

    The World of World Heritage awaits. Get out and explore the 22 World Heritage Sites in the United States and see what makes these protected areas unique. Find out why the World has recognized them as being the most significant cultural and natural sites on the planet. Read more

Call to Action Projects 

  • 2015 Evening of Lights Illuminates History

    Ancestral Pueblo ruins illuminated by lantern-light

    The past glowed at Aztec Ruins National Monument during the annual Evening of Lights on December 10, 2015. A combination of LED lanterns, solar lights and luminarias welcomed visitors to experience the Aztec West great house in a different light. Read more

  • International Archeology Day at Aztec Ruins

    Kids show their park passes in front of ancestral Pueblo ruins.

    International Archeology Day had a big impact for ten fourth-grade classes in Aztec, NM. They experienced archeology while learning how to build pueblo-style masonry walls and adobe bricks. They helped the park's effort to combat invasive species by removing 1,744 tumbleweeds. They also exchanged their vouchers and received 198 "Every Kid in a Park" passes. This event is part of an active Education and Outreach Program at Aztec Ruins National Monument. Read more

  • Unique High School Partnership Becomes San Juan County's Largest Youth Employer

    Cadets standing with tools in the Heritage Garden

    The YCC partnership between Aztec Ruins National Monument and the Aztec High School JROTC program has provided meaningul employment for local high school students for four years. The students have taken on important projects--from building buck and rail fence to tending a Heritage Garden--and they've developed job skills, personal responsibility, and a sense of stewardship along the way. Read more

  • Dedicated Recycling Committee Encourages Big Changes

    Recycling committee members in front of the old trading post storage building

    Aztec Ruins National Monument has made an effort to be a community example for sustainable practices. A new employee recycling committee increases awareness among the staff and hauls dozens of different materials to various recycling centers. Major annual event such as Earth Day and America Recycles Day encourage local families to reduce their impact on the environment. Read more

  • After 90 Years, Monument has its own Video

    Aerial photo of West Ruin

    For the last 30 years Aztec Ruins has shown a general ancestral Pueblo video (without any specific mention of Aztec Ruins) to its visitors. On the park's 90th birthday as a national monument, staff and visitors celebrated the release of a brand-new, Aztec Ruins-centered orientation film. It describes the site through the voices who know it best, the modern Pueblo people and Southwest archeologists. Read more

A Call to Action Projects for Aztec Ruins National Monument

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