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Jun 4, 2016 - Aztec Ruins NM

The Aztec Ruins National Monument preserves Ancestral Puebloan structures in North-Western New Mexico, located close to the town of Aztec and Northeast of Farmington, near the Animas River. The buildings date 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 site was declared "Aztec Ruin National Monument" on January 24, 1923, and with a boundary change it was renamed...

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2016 RV Adventure

Nov 1, 2014 - Dedication day at AZRU

After debating which route to take it was decided that we would drive up Highway 84 from Santa Fe instead of taking the usual route up 505. I very glad we did as the scenery was just wonderful and the mountain air crisp and clean. The cottonwoods are beautiful with their cloaks of flittering yellow leaves. We don't get to see fall colors in South Texas as the leaves are green and then their gone - so, this is a real treat. I will have to get pictures of the ruins while the leaves are still on the trees. The new foot/bike path and bridge...

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Oct 13, 2013 - Aztec Ruins National Monument - Aztec, NM Aug 2013

We ended up leaving Libby a little early because they needed help at Aztec Ruins. Their volunteer couple left early. We started at Aztec August 15th and had intended on staying until Oct 15th....but because of the Government Shutdown eff October 1st we were given 48 hours notice to vacate.

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Apr 29, 2008 - Rio Grande Gorge - Taos, New Mexico

We are now in Aztec, New Mexico and have some service here but not alot. Traveling here from Taos was with almost no phone service and also nothing around except sage brush and a few cattle. We did stop on the way here to check out where Georgia O'Keefe retired. She was a artist known for her landscapes and flower paintings. We downloaded pictures of our hiking trip along the Rio Grande which we hope you like. We are going to the Aztec Ruins tomorrow and checking out a few other spots around here

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2008 trip

Mar 20, 2008 - Aztec Ruins National Monument and the San Juan River

Over two centuries ancestral Pueblo people at Aztec, New Mexico carefully planned and built a large settlement in the 1000s which overlooked the San Juan River. By the time building ceased in the late 1200s the complex consisted of several great houses, tri-walled kivas, small residential pueblos, earthworks, roads and great kivas. It is believed that the settlement was connected to the Chaco Canyon settlement 55 miles away. The people who lived in this settlement in the late 1200s moved south and southeast to the Rio Grande area and into...

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