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Southern Colorado Plateau Network (SCPN)

Aztec Ruins National Monument (AZRU)

Vegetation monitoring in big sagebrush<br/>(SCPN Photo) Eastern wall and kiva in autumn<br/>(SCPN photo) View of the ancestral Pueblo Great House from the east<br/>(SCPN Photo) Grama grass<br/>(SCPN Photo) Interior of the Great Kiva<br/>(SCPN photo) Juniper woodland vegetation plot on rocky slopes<br/>(SCPN photo) Kiva in the northeast corner of the plaza<br/>(SCPN photo) Eastern exterior wall of the Great House<br/>(SCPN photo) Vegetation beyond the archeological site<br/>(SCPN photo) Collecting data on vegetation plot<br/>(SCPN photo) Western rattlesnake<br/>(USGS photo) Northern block of the Great House<br/>(SCPN photo) Woodhouse's toad<br/>(USGS photo)

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Location of Aztec Ruins NM in the Southern Colorado Plateau Network. Click for larger image.

Aztec Ruins encompasses 321 acres within the city of Aztec in the Animas Valley of northwestern New Mexico. It was established as a monument in 1923 to protect the remains of an Ancestral Puebloan Ancestral Puebloan farming community.

Despite its small size, Aztec Ruins NM has an usually high level of biodiversity, with 11 types of vegetation communities (including riparian, pinyon-juniper woodlands, and grasslands), 70 bird species, 28 mammal species (including seven species of bats), three amphibian species and 10 reptile species. The Animas River, which forms the eastern border of the park, provides a perennial source of water.

The Southern Colorado Plateau Network monitors upland vegetation and soils at Aztec Ruins NM.

Life Zones of Aztec Ruins National Monument

Aztec Ruins NM ranges in elevation from 5,592 to 5,786 feet (1,716-1,764 m) and lies within the Semi-desert Grassland/Shrub Steppe and Pinyon-Juniper Woodland life zones. The monument experiences an average annual precipitation of 9.9 inches (252 mm).

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