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Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec

#14 of 86 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. 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 preservation of the ruins. The H.D. Abrams House in Aztec is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • This was a memorable experience in a truly ancient setting. I was lost in thought and awe as we walked about, about and within ancient walls and buildings. It is unimaginably old and we are all so.....  more »
  • Aztec is slightly too accessible and rebuilt to give you a true feeling of the original owners, but you can’t fault the national park unit too much for building a wonderful facility available to...  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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