Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec

#13 of 84 in Historic Sites in New Mexico
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The Aztec Ruins National Monument in northwestern New Mexico, USA consists of preserved structures constructed by the Pueblo Indians nearly a thousand years ago. The national monument lies on the western bank of the Animas River in Aztec, New Mexico, about 12 miles (19 km) northeast of Farmington. Additional Puebloan structures can be found in Salmon Ruins and Heritage Park, about 9.5 miles (15.3 km) south. Archaeological evidence puts the construction of the ruins in the 12th and 13th centuries. The Puebloan-built ruins were dubbed the "Aztec Ruins" by 19th century American settlers who misattributed their construction to the Aztecs.
The site was declared "Aztec Ruin National Monument" on January 24, 1923. "Ruin" was changed to "Ruins" after a boundary change, on July 2, 1928. As a historical property of the National Park Service, the monument was administratively listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

(UNESCO) listed the Chaco Culture as a World Heritage Site on December 8, 1987. That listing specifically included the Aztec Ruins.
The monument is on the Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway, one of New Mexico's Scenic Byways.
The property was part of a 160-acre (65 ha) homestead owned by H.D. Abrams, who supported the ruins preservation. The H.D. Abrams House in Aztec is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • Very cool site! The Ancestral Pueblo people built incredible cities across the American Southwest. I visited Chaco Culture National Historic Park in the morning and saw Aztec in the afternoon. I...  more »
  • This is a free National Monument in an out of the way corner of New Mexico. We were based out of Cortez, CO, so it was an hour drive to get to it. Due to covid, information was outside. There was a....  more »
  • This is a tribute to our Pueblo ancestors. It is very sacred and has been well preserved. Presenting the historic as well as the religious side of these ancestors. One of the few places that is truly as described. A must see experience. If you miss this one you'll be sorry.
  • Amazing preservation! It's one of the best examples of native American construction still intact. I'm always impressed. The expanded teaching areas and exhibits are very well done.

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