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Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
The "Big House"
Open throughout the year, the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is set in the city of Coolidge in southern Arizona – just over 20 miles northeast of Casa Grande. Located just east of Interstate 10, the monument is 55 miles southeast of Phoenix and 70 miles northwest of Tucson. The park is a preservation of ruins once belonging to the Ancient Sonoran Desert People.
The National Park Service’s fifth oldest unit, Casa Grande Ruins was the first archeological site preserved by the federal government, and was declared a National Monument come 1918. The site is divided between Compound B, open to guided tours during March’s Archeology Month, and Compound A – featuring the park’s visitor center and “Big House” itself.
Visitors may browse the onsite Casa Grande Ruins Museum, catch the 22-minute interpretive video showing every 30 minutes, and enjoy self-guided or ranger-lead monument tours. Kids are encouraged to try the Junior Ranger program and catch a puppet show, while families may enjoy the scenic picnic area.
Don’t miss the annual American Indian Arts & Music Fest in February, and have a closer look at the 1932 Olmsted shelter above Casa Grande – found on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and housing the ruins’ own pair of Great horned owls.
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