Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

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Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Arizona

(520) 723-3172

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Overview

For over a thousand years, prehistoric farmers inhabited much of the present-day state of Arizona. When the first Europeans arrived, all that remained of this ancient culture were the ruins of villages, irrigation canals and various artifacts. Among these ruins is the Casa Grande, or "Big House," one of the largest and most mysterious prehistoric structures ever built in North America. Casa Grande Ruins, the nation's first archeological preserve, protects the Casa Grande and other archeological sites within its boundaries. You are invited to see the Casa Grande and to hear the story of the ancient ones the Akimel O'otham call the Hohokam, "those who are gone."

Map of Casa Grande Ruins

Latitude, Longitude: 32.997156, -111.532381

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Activities

  • Picnicking

    A picnic area is located across the parking lot from the visitor center which has shaded tables and a raised platform to view an ancient ball court.

    All areas are accessible by paved or hard-packed dirt paths. Leashed pets are welcome.

Seasonality/Weather

This is desert country. Summer daytime temperatures frequently exceed 100 degrees. Winter temperatures range from the 60's to the 80's. Spring and fall are warm and dry, with highs in the 80's and 90's. During summer months, be prepared for hot temperatures. Protective clothing, hats, sunscreen and personal water containers are highly recommended.

Directions

Driving

Transportation is by private vehicle. The park is in Coolidge, Arizona, about an hour-long drive from either Phoenix or Tucson. From Interstate 10 take the Coolidge exits and follow the signs to the park entrance off Arizona Route 87/287.

Flying

Recommended to fly into Tucson or Phoenix.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(520) 723-3172

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