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By Jacque Ritchie
TALON 

AZTEC RUINS TURNS 95

With activities for entire family

 

January 26, 2018

Jacque Ritchie, TALON

PARK RANGER ANDY BLECKINGER POINTS TO THE AZTEC RUINS AS HE STANDS BESIDE THE GREAT KIVA. PHOTO-PARK RANGER ANDY BLECKINGER POINTS TO THE AZTEC RUINS AS HE STANDS BESIDE THE GREAT KIVA.

This week park guides and visitors celebrate Aztec Ruins National Parks 95th birthday with sunny weather in the 40's and cupcakes for the kids. A jewel in crown of San Juan County the ruins have drawn visitors from all over the country and the world for almost a century. The Aztec Ruins was designated as a National Monument on January 24, 1923 by President Warren G. Harding.

Ancestral pueblo people constructed the impressive structures around 1000 A.D and the community flourished until 1290. Influenced by Chaco stone masons, Aztec ruins included great houses, tri-walled kivas, small residential pueblos and great kivas overlooking the Animas River. The community may have served as support system for the Chaco community some 50 miles to the south but much is still unknown. The pueblo people left the four corners region in the late 1200's. The reason for the exodus is a mystery. Some speculate it could have been a drought, disease, religious, or political causes. Perhaps it was just a case of wanderlust, hard to say. Today Aztec Ruins National Monument serves as a grand reminder of our areas rich history and diverse culture.

The recent federal government shutdown meant the Aztec Ruins were closed to the public for one day. The temporary spending bill that was passed on Sunday January 21 will fund the goverment until mid-February when the country faces another possible government shutdown.

So get on out, take the family and celebrate the Aztec National Monuments' 95th anniversary while the doors are still open!

 

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