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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Out for a Sunday drive on a holiday weekend

Today was a bit of history. Located in the town of Aztec is the Aztec Ruins, a National Monument, incorrectly named by the Spaniards who discovered them. The ruins were thought to have been built by the Hopi people around 1000 A.D. The site covers 3 acres and took 30 years to build, without draft horses or other technological tools. It is still considered sacred by the Hopi and they believe their ancestors still reside there. The site was abandoned about 600 years ago and was covered by sand. It was partially excavated and the main kiva rebuilt. You can find more information at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aztec_Ruins_National_Monument




Next stop was the Navajo Lake/Dam. Lots of pontoon boats, speed boats, tubing and picnicers on this lovely long weekend. The dam is on the San Juan River, a tributary of the Colorado River. It was completed in 1962 and was originally simply for water storage. It drowned a sacred Navajo site. It is now used to generate electricity for the town of Farmington and provide a recreational area.