Events & Festivals

Winter Solstice

Previously Held December 21, 2018

Aztec Ruins

Aztec Ruins National Monument will host programs in honor of the winter solstice. Event will take place December 21 and 22, 2018.

Event Information

Aztec Ruins
725 Ruins Road Aztec, NM
Aztec Ruins National Monument
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Aztec Ruins Winter Solstice Event

The winter solstice event at Aztec Ruins National Monument will take place on December 21 and 22. To view this sunset event, visitors must arrive at the visitor center by 4:30pm to join the rangers and volunteers who will be escorting visitors to the Aztec West great house alignment location. Assuming that the western skies are clear, visitors will be able to observe the alignment of the north wall of Aztec West with the sunset position on the western horizon.  During the winter solstice, the sunset location appears to “stand still” in its southernmost point on the horizon for multiple days. Please wear sturdy walking shoes, and dress for the weather.

For those wanting some insight into this fascinating solar event, Aztec Ruins will offer two ranger programs in the visitor center: one program starting before the solar observation at 3:45pm and the other starting just after sunset around 5:00pm.  After the sunset observation, enjoy cookies and hot cocoa provided.