Introduction to Aztec, New Mexico

Aztec, New Mexico, in San Juan county, is 129 miles NW of Rio Rancho, New Mexico and 141 miles NW of Albuquerque, New Mexico. There are 6,378 residents in the city.

Aztec History

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near the Colorado border, the town was formerly known as Atarque de Garcia. The city received its present name from the 12th century Aztec ruins unearthed nearby. It was the county seat of San Juan County in 1887. In 1890, the county seat was moved to Junction City. In August 1892, Aztec once again became the county seat of San Juan County. The area was originally inhabited by Native Americans.

Aztec and nearby Attractions

  • Aztec Ruins National Monument
  • Aztec Museum
  • Hidden Valley Golf Course
  • Navajo Lake State Park
  • Salmon Ruins and Heritage Park

Things To Do In Aztec

Aztec offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. One can visit the Grand Canyon National Park, the Anasazi Heritage Center and the Chimney Rock Archaeological Area. The Navajo Lake State Park is also worth visiting. Those interested in the area’s history should visit the Aztec Museum and the National Ruins Monument. The Hidden Valley Golf Course provides excellent facilities for golfers. Local festivals include Fiesta Days, Founder’s Day and Oktoberfest.

Aztec Transportation

Four Corners Regional Airport is nearby.

Aztec Higher Education

Facilities for higher education are available from San Juan College, Fort Lewis College, Western State College Colorado and the University of Phoenix-Albuquerque NM Campus.


Total Population 6,501
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 13.7%
Employed Population 16+ 2,863
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 41.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $51,783
% Above Poverty Level 84.8%
% Below Poverty Level 15.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 36.8%
Median Gross Rent $755
Median House Value $160,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 43.5%
US/American 0%
English 9.3%
Irish 11.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Aztec Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 129 miles NW of Rio Rancho, New Mexico (center to center)
Nearest Large City 141 miles NW of Albuquerque, New Mexico
County San Juan
Standard Zip Codes 87410
Phone Area Codes 505
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.822
Longitude -107.992

Aztec Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 43 F
Apr Temp 34 to 68 F
Jul Temp 60 to 92 F
Oct Temp 39 to 70 F
Annual Precip 10.7 inches
Distance 16.6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 42 F
Apr Temp 34 to 66 F
Jul Temp 59 to 91 F
Oct Temp 38 to 68 F
Annual Precip 8.3 inches
Distance 37.7 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 38 F
Apr Temp 32 to 57 F
Jul Temp 56 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 62 F
Annual Precip 18.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Aztec, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Cedar Hill (87410)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bloomfield 7,735 $70,118
Farmington 44,865 $66,314

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Aztec Public Libraries

Aztec Public Library
201 W. CHACO
Aztec, New Mexico
(505) 334-7658

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Aztec High Schools

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Serves 954 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

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Serves 53 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

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