Aztec Ruins National Monument

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Aztec Ruins National Monument
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
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Map showing the location of Aztec Ruins National Monument
Map showing the location of Aztec Ruins National Monument
Location San Juan County, New Mexico, USA
Nearest city Aztec
Coordinates 36°50′09″N 107°59′53″W / 36.835837°N 107.9981235°W / 36.835837; -107.9981235Coordinates: 36°50′09″N 107°59′53″W / 36.835837°N 107.9981235°W / 36.835837; -107.9981235[1]
Area 318 acres (129 ha)[2]
Created January 24, 1923 (1923-Jan-24)
Visitors 41,106 (in 2011)[3]
Governing body National Park Service
Part of: Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Type: U.S. historic district
Designated: October 18, 1966
Reference No. 66000484[4]

The Aztec Ruins National Monument preserves ancestral Pueblo structures in north-western New Mexico, United States, located close to the town of Aztec and northeast of Farmington, near the Animas River. Salmon Ruins and Heritage Park, with more ancestral Pueblo structures, lies a short distance to the south, just west of Bloomfield near the San Juan River. The buildings date back to the 11th to 13th centuries, and the misnomer attributing them to the Aztec civilization can be traced back to early American settlers in the mid-19th century. The actual construction was by the ancestral Puebloans, the Anasazi.

The site was declared "Aztec Ruin National Monument" on January 24, 1923, and with a boundary change it was renamed "Ruins" on July 2, 1928. As an historical property of the National Park Service the National Monument was administratively listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966. Aztec Ruins was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, as part of the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, on December 8, 1987.


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aztec Ruins National Monument". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-03-18. 
  2. ^ "Listing of acreage as of December 31, 2011". Land Resource Division, National Park Service. Retrieved 2012-03-18. 
  3. ^ "NPS Annual Recreation Visits Report". National Park Service. Retrieved 2012-03-18. 
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 

External links[edit]

Aztec Ruins National Monument site map