Aztalan State Park in Southeast Wisconsin is home to one of the state’s most important archaeological sites. Between 1000 and 1300 AD, an ancient Middle-Mississippian village thrived in the area. The local settlers build flat-topped pyramidal mounds and even a stockade surrounding the village. Some parts of the stockade and two of the mounds have been reconstructed for visitors to enjoy.
The park is a day-use area and is mostly comprised of open prairie. Thirty-eight of 172 acres are oak woods. There are spots for picnicking and an open reservable shelter that may be reserved in advance through the park’s website or by phone. Hunting and trapping are also allowed during the appropriate season and with all associated permits. Certain traps are prohibited in state parks. Contact the park office for additional information.
Aztalan State Park is open from 6 AM to 10 PM all year long. Daily use fees start at $8 for Wisconsin residents. The picnic shelter can be reserved as much as ten months in advance. However, you have to call the park during their business hours or contact them through the park’s website.
Pets are only allowed in designated pet areas and must stay under physical control at all times. Maps with designated pet areas are in every parking area. If you bring your pet, be respectful of the historic sites and other park guests. Bring waste bags and always pick up after your pet. If you hike with your dog, always come prepared with plenty of water for yourself and your pet.
Other recreation in Aztalan State Park includes hiking, picnicking, boating, fishing, hunting, trapping, and even cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking during winter months. On the Crawfish River, visitors to Aztalan State Park may boat, canoe, or kayak, as well as fish. Anglers are required to have valid fishing licenses. If you’re in southern Wyoming, Aztalan State Park is worth a visit to check out an interesting historical site.