Photo: Jasperado, West Ruin
Aztec Ruins National Monument is located in northern New Mexico. It was home to the Ancestral Puebloans, who built and lived in the great houses here beginning in the mid 11th century until the late 13th century. Note – not related to Aztecs.
Aztec Ruins National Monument was established in 1923 by presidential proclamation in recognition of a “ruin of great antiquity and historical interest” and “with a view to the preservation of said ruin for the enlightenment and culture of the Nation.” Its boundaries were increased over the years to its present authorized boundaries of approximately 320 acres. All the lands administered by the Park–about 257 acres–fall within the city of Aztec.
Wikipedia: The Aztec Ruins National Monument in northwestern New Mexico, consists of preserved structures constructed by the Pueblo Indians. The national monument lies on the western bank of the Animas River in Aztec, New Mexico, about 12 miles northeast of Farmington.
Aztec Ruins National monument is a fee free park.
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