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Contact: Don Corbeil, 505-334-6174 ext. 223
Aztec Ruins National Monument is set to begin construction on two construction projects to improve the visitor facilities at the park. The interpretive walking trail and visitor center doors are slated to be rehabilitated, with funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Starting the week of May 3rd, construction will begin on the walking trail in Aztec Ruins National Monument. This interpretive trail provides public access into Aztec West, the main public attraction for the park. The walking trail was first paved in the early 1990’s, and cycles of freezing and thawing have resulted in cracks and fissures. The park will repave over 1550 linear feet of trail. The park will make every effort to minimize impacts to visitor experience, but sections of Aztec West will be closed based on the progress of the trail replacement. Construction is estimated to last between one and two weeks. Entrance fees will be waived during the project.
The entrance and egress doors of the visitor center are scheduled to be replaced from June 14-17. The restoration and replacement of the doorways will be done in keeping with the historic character of the building, with the goal of improving visitor use and energy efficiency within the building. During construction, alternative access will be provided to park visitors, and the park will remain open during normal business hours. Entrance fees will be waived during construction.
Both of these projects are funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and local sources for materials will be used. T
he Aztec Ruins visitor center is located just north of Aztec, New Mexico, at 84 County Road 2900 (Ruins Road), off Hwy 516 (Aztec Blvd). Aztec Ruins National Monument is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. most of the year and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. For more information, call 505-334-6174, ext. 223, or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/azru.