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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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
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
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 Ruins has dramatically expanded its educational outreach by providing innovative curriculum-based programs and adopting a class of 2016. Read more
Aztec Ruins and the City of Aztec are working together to provide better access to the park for local residents. A new pedestrian and bicycle trail will run from the city's historic downtown into the monument. The trail project includes interpretive waysides and a new pedestrian bridge across the Animas River. Read more
Did You Know?
When he was only six years old, Earl Morris became intrigued with Southwest archeological sites including Aztec Ruins. Years later, after graduating from the University of Colorado, he began excavations at Aztec Ruins for the American Museum of Natural History.