For a thousand years men and women have settled along the Animas River, building to meet the community's needs for food, trade, transportation, entertainment and spiritual observances.
Starting with Aztec Ruins National Monument, the Walking Tour Booklet takes you to the heart of Aztec’s Historic Downtown, then to homes, churches and irrigation ditches built by early settlers. Much of the tour focuses on historic structures built in the early 1900s. It was an exciting time as New Mexico gained statehood on Jan. 6, 1912, to become the 47th state. A century later, as we stroll past the works of these early settlers, we experience the one constant that remains: We remain engaged in community building.
Points of interest included in the booklet are a sampling of the architecture, influential citizens and natural features that give Aztec its distinct character. Aztec contains four historic districts encompassing multiple properties and 17 individual properties listed on the New Mexico and/or National Register of Historic Places.
The Historic Aztec Self-Guided Walking & Biking Tours booklet is available at the Aztec Museum for a nominal fee that covers printing costs.