Aztec, New Mexico

  • In downtown Aztec, New Mexico
  • In downtown Aztec
  • The Aztec Pioneer Museum
Aztec, New Mexico

Modern Aztec is a bustling town between Farmington and Bloomfield, NM, and Durango, CO, nestled along the banks of the Animas River. Oil well services, tourism and cattle ranching are the primary businesses in the area.

Aztec was founded in 1890, across the Animas River from a large set of ancient Puebloan ruins. Today these ruins comprise the Aztec Ruins National Monument, preserving structures and artifacts of Ancestral Pueblo people from the 1100's and 1200's.

People associated with Chaco Canyon to the south built and inhabited the structures, then people related to the Mesa Verde region to the north used the site in the 1200's. The monument was established in 1923, and designated a World Heritage Site in 1987. Contained within the Monument are large, apartment-style dwellings and a restored great kiva.

Also in town is the Aztec Pioneer Museum, a collection of well preserved buildings and implements left over from the most recent wave of settlers in the area. The Aztec Pioneer Museum is open in the summer from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Saturday, and in the winter from 10 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Saturday. Group tours are available by appointment. The Aztec Ruins are open in the summer from 8 AM to 6 PM, seven days a week, and in the winter from 8 AM to 5 PM, seven days a week.

Navajo Lake, about 30 minutes east of town, is at the top of the list of local recreational attractions. Also nearby is Mesa Verde National Park, Chaco Culture National Historical Park in Chaco Canyon, and the Salmon Ruins, another ancient Pueblo ruin just down the road from Aztec.

The population of Aztec is up more than 6% since 2000.

Aztec Pioneer Museum
In the Aztec Pioneer Museum
Aztec Pioneer Museum
Also in the Aztec Pioneer Museum
Fast Facts about Aztec, New Mexico
Aztec, San Juan County, NM 87410
Latitude: 36.8260°N
Longitude: 107.9956°W
Founded: 1890
Elevation: 5,646'

High School or Higher: 80.6%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 14.6%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 4.5%
Cost of Living Index for Aztec: 86.7

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $45,530
Median Home Value: $174,800
Median Resident Age: 34.0 Years
Major Industries:
Natural Resources, Educational Services, Lodging & Food Services, Government, Construction, Health Care, Retail Services, Utilities, Professional Services, Finance & Insurance Services
Unemployed (August 2014): 6.8%
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population 6,763
Males 3,225
Females 3,538
Population by Age
Under 18 1,856
18 & over 4,907
20-24 418
25-34 967
35-49 1,226
50-64 1,182
65 & over 917
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 1,603
Non Hispanic or Latino 5,160
Population by Race
White 5,281
African-American 28
Asian 23
Native American 604
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 2
Other 564
Two or more 261