Museum Closed Starting October 27, 2014
The Aztec Ruins museum will be closed starting Monday, October 27, 2014 to prepare for new exhibits to be installed in April 2015. The visitor center, video, and self-guided trail will remain open.
Friends of Aztec Ruins: Founded in 2012, the Friends group is a non-profit organization that raises money to support educational activities and improvement projects in the Monument. The group connects people who care about Aztec Ruins to an active park community.
Aztec Trails & Open Space: The purpose of Aztec Trails & Open Space (ATOS) is to promote and develop public awareness of our natural and cultural resources with dedication to establishing, protecting, and maintaining trails, river restoration and wildlife habitat within Aztec and extending into San Juan County. We are committed to providing education and low impact recreation as well as inspiring stewardship of our environment for family and community now and for generations to come.
This partnership has most recently resulted in habitat restoration work along the developing Animas River Trail that will lead from the Historic Downtown to the Monument.
Western National Parks Association: Western National Parks Association (WNPA) is a non-profit cooperating association of the National Park Service. Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, the association was founded in 1938 as the Southwest Monuments Association to support the interpretive activities of the National Park Service. WNPA manages bookstores in dozens of National Parks.
Aztec Public Library: The Aztec Public Library is a social hub serving a culturally diverse rural community. They keep the community connected by providing equal access to information and resources, enhancing and enriching lives, and inspiring the imagination. Aztec Ruins frequently partners with the library on temporary exhibits and events.
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."