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 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
Aztec Ruins has dramatically expanded its educational outreach by providing innovative curriculum-based programs and adopting a class of 2016. Read more
The Aztec Ruins National Monument 2012 Demonstration Garden offers an active, living interpretation of ancestral Pueblo crops and techniques. By involving local youth like the JROTC cadets, we are immersing future stewards into learning local history and ancient cultural adaptations. We are also inviting educators, visitors, and community members to participate in interpreting the rich history of ancestral Pueblo subsistence and food production. Read more
Did You Know?
Despite being surrounded by a modern community, Aztec Ruins offers habitat for a number of species. The high desert and riparian environments serve as home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Large mammals commonly seen are mule deer; less common visitors have been cougars and black bears.