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Aztec in San Juan County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

At Home on the River

Aztec Ruins National Monument

 
 
At Home on the River Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 14, 2021
1. At Home on the River Marker
Inscription.  Though you may not notice at first, wildlife thrives along the Animas River. These rich, green corridors, or "riparian zones," provide animals with food, water, and shelter. Archeological research tells us that in the centuries since Ancestral Pueblo people farmed, fished, and hunted here, plant and animal communities along the river have changed dramatically. Many recent changes are due to modern infrastructure and invasive plants.

To protect this critical riparian habitat, conservation corps crews and volunteers work to remove Russian olives and tamarisk trees and restore native plants.

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Look for bald eagles and great blue herons overhead. Listen for western scrub jays and Canada geese. From the bridge, look closely at the sand for tracks of mule deer, raccoons, foxes and coyotes, and elusive nocturnal predators. Whose cat-like footpads are those? Bobcat or young mountain lion?
 
Erected by National Park Service and U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology
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Location. 36° 49.946′ N, 107° 59.736′ W. Marker is in Aztec, New Mexico, in San Juan County. Marker can be reached from Road 2900 east of Ruins Road. Marker is on a bridge that is part of walking trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 725 Ruins Road, Aztec NM 87410, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A River's Ancient Gifts (here, next to this marker); A Daring Plan (within shouting distance of this marker); Armijo Returns Triumphant (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Vibrant Pueblo (about 400 feet away); Crossroads Through Time (approx. 0.2 miles away); Aztec Ruins National Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); "For the Enlightenment of the Nation" (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Aztec Ruins National Monument (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aztec.
 
Regarding At Home on the River. This is one of six markers (as of October 2021), placed by the NPS, that are part of a trail that is to connect from the Aztec Ruins National Monument to Main Street in Aztec. The trail is to tell the history of the Old Spanish Trail.
At Home on the River Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 14, 2021
2. At Home on the River Marker
Parts of the trail were under construction at this time.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 22, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 155 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 22, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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