Description - Casa Grande Ruins National Monument encompasses 60 structures built by ancient Pueblo peoples over 600 years ago. These native people lived in the area of southern Utah, southwestern Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Their extensive and well developed culture is evident through structural remains and their contents. When the first Europeans
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Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
arrived, all that remained of this ancient culture were the ruins
of villages, irrigation canals and various artifacts. Today archaeologists still speculate about the ruins, because there are no written clues that give a full explanation of the ancient Pueblo peoples lives and departure from the region.
The biggest attraction to this monument is the massive four-story building, constructed of high-lime desert soil referred to as Casa Grande. It illustrates the high-level of development reached by ancient Pueblo builders. It is the nation's first archeological preserve.
Recreation - The visitor center is a good place to begin your tour of Casa Grande Ruins. There is an information counter, a museum exhibit area, a book store, a public phone, rest rooms, drinking fountains and a wheelchair available on site. The site is fully accessible with level paved and packed-dirt surfaces. From the visitor center there is a 300 yard self-guided walking trail around the ruins with interpretive signs that tell the story of the ruins. Regularly scheduled guided tours occur from January through April. The monument is open all year from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but is closed December 25.
Climate - The monument lies in the southern Arizona desert. Summer daytime temperatures may exceed 100 degrees F. Winter temperatures range from the 60 to 80 degrees F. Spring and fall are warm and dry, with highs in the 80's and 90's.
The park is in Coolidge, Arizona, about an hour from either Phoenix or Tucson.