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 

  • 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

  • Digital Archaeological Record Puts Thousands of Photos Online

    Volunteer uploading photos to the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR)

    Through grant funding, staff and volunteers at Aztec Ruins uploaded thousands of photos into the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR). This project helps the park meet the challenges of storing digital archives and making the information available to the public. Many of the photos show artifacts and architectural features that are otherwise inaccessible to the public. Read more

  • Rangers Give a Hundred More Programs in Local Schools

    Three students and a ranger after playing the shinny stick game.

    Aztec Ruins has dramatically expanded its educational outreach by providing innovative curriculum-based programs and adopting a class of 2016. Read more

A Call to Action Projects for Aztec Ruins National Monument

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