Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Coolidge

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#2 of 17 in Historic Sites in Central Arizona
Casa Grande Ruin Reservation was set aside on March 2, 1889, proclaimed as the nation’s first archeological preserve and cultural site on June 22, 1892, and redesignated as Casa Grande Ruins National Monument on August 3, 1918.

The monument is named for the Casa Grande (Great House), a four-story prehistoric structure constructed by the Ancient People of the Sonoran Desert who inhabited the beautiful Sonoran Desert from 500 to 1400 A.D. Casa Grande Ruins National Monument protects the finest architectural example of 13th Century Hohokam culture and archeology in the American Southwest.
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  • Casa Grande Ruins has unique artifacts in the museum and very interesting ruins that you can walk to. Easily accessible to everyone. Free guided tours hourly. Worth the drive off I-10 if you have an h...  more »
  • We have toured here twice now and find new things we missed originally. If you look close inside the ruin you can see inscriptions from people back in the 1800's. It's amazing.  more »
  • I know many people have rated Casa Grande as Above Average or Excellent. We just did not get it. Yes, the small museum provides an interesting explanation of the monument's significance, and the extra...  more »
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  • Being an archeology and history fan this is a must. It's an amazing example of the ingenuity and ability of the people of the area. The large area of the complex and the extended time frame it was inhabited gives you a fantastic view into the lives of the generations that called it home. The museum and informational video are very well done and skipping either of those would cut short your appreciation of the buildings and lives lived in this region. It's definitely worth the 50 mile drive from Phoenix!
  • Interesting archaeological ruins. Only a short drive from Phoenix and worth the drive if you’re interested in Native American cultural sites.
  • Very neat site with a thoroughly informative museum. Walk among the ruins and see them up close. Can be seen in under an hour, but could keep you busy longer if you're the type to read all the interpretative signs. If coming from Casa Grande, drive through the mountains for a beautiful view. The monument closes at 4pm during the summer, even though hours posted at the museum say 5pm. (Front entrance does say 4pm.)
  • This is probably the smallest of all National Parks / Monuments. However it is very well preserved and maintained. As I placed my palm on the walls of the ancient ruins, for a moment I was transported to a world 700 years ago. It’s better to visit this place in the morning and before the Sun is higher in the Sky. Mornings are the best times for photo shoots.
  • Though just a very small, out of the way site, Casa Grande is worth visiting. A 4-story Adobe structure abandoned about 600 years ago. National Park visitor center offers complete information and guided tours.

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