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Casa Malpais Archaeological Park & Museum, Springerville

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Landmark Tourist Spot
Casa Malpais is an ancient pueblo from the Mogollon Culture, built and occupied between 1250 and 1340 AD. The site contains a Great Kiva, solar calendar, 50-60 room pueblo, and an ancient staircase that, when ascended, takes you up on the rim of the shield volcano that created the lava flow the site is located on. Labeled the "fissure pueblo" by Frank Hamilton Cushing in 1883, it has numerous means of tracking the sun, and is truly a remarkable site for its time.

Visitors to the museum will enjoy many of the artifacts that were excavated in the early 1990's, as well as a film about the site that features Hopi and Zuni elders that talk about how their culture relates to the site.
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  • A small museum holds artifacts excavated from the pueblo as well as exhibits on the surrounding area. A tour to the pueblo takes place at 9a and 1p and costs $10 (we just walked in but you can call fo...  more »
  • This is a very nice volunteer led tour. They have a short film to watch, then bus you from the museum to the tour. There are only two tours a day, 9am and 1pm, so plan accordingly. I would also advise...  more »
  • Another part of the archaeology puzzle in the Southwest, and worth the visit. The site is by tour only, but better to have a guide anyways to point out things.  more »
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  • Great learning experience. The history is surprising. It was quiet and we had the place to ourselves. The service was fantastic. A must see if you're in the area.
  • The tour is amazing. My boy really enjoyed it and even managed to learn something.
  • Just pk