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Aztec Trails & Open Space


Aztec Trails & Open Space (ATOS) is an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and is registered with the New Mexico Corporation Commission as a nonprofit entity. ATOS began in January of 2006 when a group of interested individuals began meeting with the understanding that future trail development and open space preservation was of the utmost importance to the Aztec community. During the first year of meeting as a non-formal citizen group the following mission statement was developed and approved by all involved citizens: "The purpose of Aztec Trails & Open Space (ATOS) is to promote and develop public awareness of our natural and cultural resources with dedication to establishing, protecting, and maintaining trails, river restoration and wildlife habitat within Aztec and extending into San Juan County. We are committed to providing education and low impact recreation as well as inspiring stewardship of our environment for family and community now and generations to come."


  • Development of wood chip surface trail sections along existing irrigation ditch access roads to connect existing concrete trails in local parks.
  • Applied for and received grants to assist with elimination of invasive plant species on city owned open spaces.
  • Development of the Animas River Trail System plan that was adopted by the city of Aztec in 2010.

How to Support

Join us for brush clearing and trail blazing on June 2, 2012 in honor of National Trails Day! The first 75 people to register to work with us clearing brush and debris along the North Main Trail at the Proposed Pedestrian Bridge landing will receive a "National Trails Day 2012"/ATOS commemorative T-shirt! Trail work is scheduled from 7-10am. To register email [email protected]. Watch here for more information!


Support development of trail projects and preservation of open spaces in the Aztec area by becoming an ATOS member!

Annual Membership Donations

$25-Individual Membership

$50-Family Membership

$250-Lifetime Membership

$100-Business Membership

Your membership letter of interest and donations can be mailed to: Aztec Trails & Open Space, PO Box 724 Aztec, NM 87410

Please make checks payable to "Aztec Trails & Open Space".

Thank you for supporting the development of outdoor facilities and preservation activities! We also are in need of volunteers for trails construction, clean-up and maintenance 3-4 times a year. You can checkout our website for details at

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