Getting Ready for 2016
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines 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 locally and get involved!
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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
One hundred and forty students from Kirtland Central High School and Miller Middle School in Durango will work on service learning projects and take field trips into Aztec Ruins National Monument during the 2012-2013 school year. The project is funded through the National Park Foundation's Park Stewards program and helps Aztec Ruins advance the National Park Service education mission. Read more
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
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
Aztec High School JROTC cadets spent the spring and summer of 2012 employed at Aztec Ruins through a Youth Conservation Corps grant. They completed many projects to improve natural and cultural resources, facilities, and visitor experience. They also received ranger programs at the Monument and in their classroom. Read more
Did You Know?
Aztec Ruins lies near the banks of the "River of Lost Souls." In 1776, a Spanish exploration party noted many ancestral Pueblo ruins as they crossed the Animas River valley looking for California. Father Escalante named the stream "Rio de las Animas Perdidas," or "river of lost souls."