• Great Kiva with Walls of West Ruin

    Aztec Ruins

    National Monument New Mexico

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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  • 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

  • New Partnership Trail Makes Getting to Aztec Ruins a Walk in the Park

    Children in river at approximate location of new pedestrian bridge

    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?

Core and veneer wall

In places, the walls at Aztec Ruins are three feet thick, making them over twice as thick as Mesa Verde cliff dwelling architecture. Masons used the “core and veneer” style, laying a thick rubble core within a finely shaped stone veneer. This style is typical of Chaco Canyon "great house" sites.