The Aztec Museum & Pioneer Village Welcomes You! Guided Tours are available by calling 505-334-9829.
Founders Day, September 21, 2013
Aztec Museum hosts its annual Founders' Day celebration on Saturday, September 21. Festivities kick off with an Antique Truck and Tractor parade at 10:00 am. After the parade, come to Minium Park, adjacent to the Aztec Museum. This year’s Soreheads will be revealed, continuing Aztec’s unique tradition of selecting Sorehead representatives. Also scheduled are recognition of Pioneers of the Year, a pie auction and an appearance by Earl Morris, early Aztec Ruins explorer.
Tours are scheduled throughout the day. Aztec City Mayor Sally Burbridge and Phil Slattery, Aztec Ruins Facilities Chief, will lead a waking tour of the new pedestrian trail. The leisurely walk to the Animas River leaves from Aztec Museum at 8:30 am.
A walking tour of the Downtown Historical District begins at 12:45, and repeated at 1:30. Led by Carolyn Bowra, from early pioneer stock herself, participants will hear about the human side behind the handsome facades of these historical buildings. Learm more.
April - September, Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
Adults $3, Children $1
Museum and Pioneer Village allows visitors to experience pioneer
life in the American West. Aztec’s history
goes back a thousand years when Native Americans settled along the
Animas River, building a community now called Aztec Ruins National
After the Ancient Puebloan people migrated south in the 1300’s,
Ute and Navajo Native Americans camped along the Animas River banks.
Treaty agreements in the late 1800’s allowed settlers to homestead
by establishing Indian Reservations boundaries restricting the Ute
people to land in Colorado and the Eastern Navajo people to lands
south of the San Juan River.
The City of Aztec was founded in September of 1887 to provide commercial
services for the new Hispanic and Anglo settlers. Aztec was named
after the ancient Pueblo ruins located across the Animas River.
Village gives visitors the opportunity to revisit an early western
American community. Children will enjoy climbing aboard the caboose
or visiting a one-room schoolhouse, only two of many pioneer buildings
located at the museum.
Visit Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village and learn about modern Aztec’s
early days. Visit Aztec Ruins National Monument to learn about Aztec's original settlers or the Aztec Cemetery to find where the founding families are buried.