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Aztec, New Mexico: Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village

A customary collection of pioneer buildings and local history, made unique by "Pecos West," a 3,000-pound rotating cyclorama of sagebrush scenes hand-carved in the 1960s by WWII vet Valenty Zaharek.

Address:
125 N. Main Ave., Aztec, NM
Directions:
Downtown, on the west side of US-550/N. Main Ave., a quarter-mile south of its intersection with NM-516/W. Aztec Blvd.
Hours:
May-Oct. W-Sa 10-4, or by appt (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
505-334-9829
Admission:
Adults $5.
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Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village

The Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village is home to the Pecos West Cyclorama, a historic roadside attraction formerly displayed in Sedona, Arizona. It was hand-carved by Valenty Zaharek, who displayed it throughout the 1960s and '70s. The magnificent rotating cyclorama features scenes of John Wayne, Katherine Hepburn, and even Ronald Reagan. In 2022 the Cyclorama's motor broke, but it was quickly repaired and now spins to a custom narration.

[Jacob Monninger, 07/06/2023]

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