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Casa Malpais Archaeological Park & Museum, Springerville

#190 of 234 in Sightseeing in Arizona
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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  • The museum has a number of artifacts from the site as well as the general prehistoric culture residing in the area. An introductory film is shown in the small museum which is worth the time to watch B...  more »
  • Old local school house, beautiful, inside and out, staff very knowledgeable & friendly. Lay out is free roaming, at your own pace, with lots to see and read about the Indian and Old West culture of th...  more »
  • My wife and I have visited several small town museums and this one in Springerville rates as one of the best. There is a small section dedicated to the Casa Malpais site but a majority of the rooms de...  more »
  • 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

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