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Aztec, New Mexico: UFO Crashed Here

A 1948 UFO crash was said to involve 16 three-foot-tall tall humanoid bodies. A plaque was installed in 2007; the site is marked with rocks in the shape of an alien face when seen from the air.

Hart Canyon Rd, Aztec, NM
From downtown Aztec drive north on US Hwy 550 for four miles. At milepost 164 turn right onto Hart Canyon Rd/County Rd 2770. Drive east (it's a dirt road) for 6.5 miles. The road will split at this point; bear left, up the hill, for another half-mile. You'll see a parking area on the left. There's a trail from there, part of the Alien-Run Mountain Biking trails. Follow it a quarter-mile west to the crash site. Note: Temperatures out here vary from below zero in the winter to 95 degrees in mid-summer. Evening thundershowers and flash floods are common.
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Aztec Crash Site

In March of 1948 a UFO crash was said to be discovered on a lonely mesa top. A large metallic object with over a dozen humanoid aliens and strange hieroglyphics inside the craft were allegedly found. The UFO conventions in Aztec are no more, but you can visit the site and see what is perhaps the only plaque at an alleged UFO crash site. Author Scott Ramsey left the plaque in 2007 that tells the story of the crash recovery. Between the plaque and the parking area is a concrete slab that Ramsey believes was used in the recovery. Others disagree. In any event, the area is beautiful in its own right.

[Mulvaney, 10/19/2014]

The circle of rocks that mark the crash site resembles an alien face when seen from the air.

Aztec UFO Crash Site

Site of a yearly UFO convention. Celebrates a local hoax perpetrated right after the Roswell incident. Great fun!

[Ben Gallegos, 04/16/2010]

The supposed 1948 UFO crash, 12 miles northeast of town, left several three-foot-tall humanoid bodies for the authorities to spirit away. The crash site is in Hart Canyon with nothing much to see, but every March the town hosts an annual Aztec UFO Symposium, run by a local organization to help the town library, held at the Masonic Lodge. One highlight is a guided tour out to the crash site.

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