Ancient Aztalan Village, SNA #408 (62/674)

Within Aztalan State Park, restored mounds and stockades from the village and ceremonial complex of an Upper Mississippian Native American culture and are now designated as Ancient Aztalan Village SNA.  This is an easy to find and easy to explore site found just southeast of Lake Mills in Jefferson County on County Highway Q.  This state park is unattended and self-registration is necessary at the kiosk if you do not already have a state park sticker.

Trails lead through the mounds and stockades though the terrain amounts to a giant grass lawn and it is easy to walk around.  One parking area is near the highway and a trailhead.  Just north of this parking area is a collection of Native American marker mounds that are a apart of the SNA.  The bulk of the SNA is more a less a rectangular area along the Crawfish River and is ringed by a trail.  Continuing along the main park road leads to two parking areas closer to this trail.  Obviously, the focus for this site is historical and it is rather uninteresting botanically.  It is designated a National Landmark and is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.

More of my photos (and full-res) from Ancient Aztalan Village can be viewed here.

Additional Information

SNA # 408
County Jefferson
Natural Communities / Geology
Native American settlement, mounds
Size (Acres) 25
Parking Parking area (paved)
Trails Yes
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership Wisconsin DNR
Located Within Aztalan State Park (state park sticker required)
Dates Visited 9.26.09

Jefferson County

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