State of the Park
On January 24, 1923 Aztec Ruins became a National Monument through the executive order of President Warren G. Harding. Since then, the park has grown considerably. Over time, the park's boundaries were expanded to include East Ruin and North Ruin as well as many smaller structures. On December 8, 1987 the monument was honored with its UNESCO World Heritage designation along with Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The designation recognizes the outstanding universal value of ancestral Pueblo architecture and culture. Today the monument plays an active role in the local community and has strong partnerships with local governments and schools. These partnerships help support the local economy and foster a next generation of National Park Service stewards.
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.