In just a little over 2 months, on March 28-30, Aztec will be holding it's annual UFO conference. The speakers this year will be:
Dr. Jesse Marcel Jr.
Dennis Balthaser ( emcee )
James P. Carrion
James Fox (pending schedule)
I haven't ever attended this conference, but I have been to Aztec many times. Aside from the conference there are many other reasons to go. Aztec has some truly wonderful ruins, right there in town. The Aztec Ruin were built around 1100 A.D. and contained over 500 rooms, along with a 40' diameter Kiva. The Kiva has been reconstructed and looks as it would have in 1100.
If you stay a day or two longer, or just have a lot of free time at the conference it is also just a couple hour drive from Aztec across the border into Colorado to Mesa Verde National Park. The Anasazi Ruins at Mesa Verde were built around 1200 A.D. and were active until around 1300 A.D., there are over 600 cliff dwellings at the site.
Still have more time and aren't sick of Anasazi ruins yet? Don't hold me to it, check your map, but I believe Chaco Canyon National Monument is also only a couple hours away. I have never driven there from Aztec and don't have a map handy, but I think that is right. Chaco was built around 850 A.D. and occupied until around 1250. I came across some interesting articles about Chaco here. Apparently NASA had interest in it and did some Thermal Infrared Multispectral Scanning of the area. They were trying to figure out "Why were the Chaco roads designed with exacting linearity, which surmounted any topographic obstruction, built to a width of 20 feet or more, and constructed by people who did not even employ beast of burden in their lives?" I could probably come up with some sort of Hoaglandish conspiracy about that, but I will hold myself back this time. :-)