Introduction to Aztec, New Mexico
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.
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.