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Casa Malpais Archaeological Park & Museum, Springerville

(4.8/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web)
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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  • 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 »
  • The tour guide was very informative. The tour walk is a rough primitive trail with unsure footing so wear decent walking shoes, bring water & sun protection. The tour meets at the museum & then buses ...  more »
  • Outstanding and informative about the Native Americans that lived here in the 12-1300's we watched the movies and enjoyed all the displays with the artifacts they had. Would recommend to anyone  more »