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Explore Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Coolidge, Arizona

4.0/5
based on 1 reviews

Details

Distance

0.25 miles

Elevation Gain

10 ft

Route Type

Loop

Description

Added by Lucas Bremer

A worthy addition to your Sonoran Desert roadtrip.

No one really knows why the people from the Sonoran Desert built this mud skyscraper. Some scientists believe it was built as a astronomical observatory. What ever the reason, the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is a engineering marvel that was built in the 1300's. People have been so puzzled and inspired by the ruins that this was the first prehistoric site protected by the U.S. Government in 1892. If it was not for the massive umbrella over the ruins, they would have melted hundreds of years ago.

Today there is a interpretive path that will navigate between the "Big House" and the out layered farming ruins. Tours led by rangers occur every hour and due to safety concerns you cannot tour the individual 4 floors of this building.

There is easy parking, and picnic areas on site. A Visitor Center also has flush toilets. There is also food nearby in the towns of Coolidge and Casa Grande, AZ.

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Features

Chillin
Photography
Hiking
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildflowers
ADA Accessible

Reviews

The ruins were a lot large than I was expecting upon arrival. It's quite impressive that something built so long ago still stands today. Great stop

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