• Great Kiva with Walls of West Ruin

    Aztec Ruins

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • 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.

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Aztec Ruins National Monument

There are many ways to support Aztec Ruins National Monument. We can all make a difference in our own way.

Join Our Friends Group:

Friends of Aztec Ruins is a non-profit organization that raises funds for special park projects and educational programs. Becoming a member brings important benefits to the park and offers opportunities for a extra-special experiences to visitors.

Donate:

Thank you for your interest in supporting Aztec Ruins National Monument. Your donation will enhance the programs and activities to protect park resources and provide visitor services. Philanthropic contributions continue to make a significant difference and we welcome and are grateful for your support. If you are interested in donating to the park directly, you may contact the Superintendent by phone (505) 334-6174 ext. 222 or e-mail us. Donations may also be sent to: Superintendent, 84 County Road 2900, Aztec, NM 87410.

Volunteer:

Become part of the Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) program by assisting park staff with interpretive, administrative, archeology, or maintenance projects. Every year volunteers donate over 1000 hours to Aztec Ruins National Monument! Individuals or groups can volunteer at any time of the year. Contact the park's volunteer coordinator by phone at 505-334-6174 ext. 228 or e-mail us for more information.

Support the Bookstore:

The park's cooperating association, Western National Parks Association, manages the bookstore at the Visitor Center. The bookstore carries a variety of books, maps, postcards, and other educational materials related to the park's cultural and natural resources. WNPA returns a portion of the profits to the park to support interpretive and resource management programs.

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."