• Great Kiva with Walls of West Ruin

    Aztec Ruins

    National Monument New Mexico

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November 22, 2013
Aztec Ruins to Host Annual Evening of Lights
Every year Aztec Ruins hosts an Evening of Lights to celebrate New Mexico traditions. Watch a winter solstice alignment, stroll through luminaria and lantern displays, watch cultural demonstrators work on traditional crafts, and warm up with hot cocoa and cookies.

November 21, 2013
Aztec Ruins Receives Grant to Retrace Part of Old Spanish Trail
Aztec Ruins received a Connecting Trails to Parks grant to research the Old Spanish Trail near Aztec, design a section of the National Historic Trail as a multi-use trail from historic downtown Aztec into the national monument, and tell the story of the Old Spanish Trail in waysides and other media.

Did You Know?

Animas River

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."