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Address: Near East Rim Drive, 22 miles west of Grand Canyon Village, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

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800 year old Tusayan building ruins worth exploring

One of the interesting stops you can make when taking the Desert View Drive is the Tusayan Museum and Ruins. The museum is located just a few miles fro the Desert View Watchtower... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 February 2016
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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We visited both the museum and took the Tusuyan Ruin Walk while in Grand Canyon National Park. The site is an 800 year old Pueblo Indian Site. There is a pueblo to see. The walk is self guided. The rangers are very helpful in telling one more about the area.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

A very nice, educational hike. Well worth the drive. Great views of the San Francisco mountain range. The Lodge/museum is rather small though.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

We came upon 5he ruins after the mesuem was closed but the trail matkets were a big help. Itcwss great to see the ruins & how they stored food.. A huge male elk came walking through the ruins with massive antkers plus it showed us what all the plants & trees were used in their everyday lives.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

We arrived at the ruins in time to join the ranger in a walk through the ruins. She was extremely knowledgeable and informative, explaining what the various types of structures were for. Take the time to visit the museum

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2016

One of the interesting stops you can make when taking the Desert View Drive is the Tusayan Museum and Ruins. The museum is located just a few miles fro the Desert View Watchtower and is free to visit. Here you find a short walking path around the 800 year old Pueblo ruins located here. The ruins haven't been reconstructed, instead... More 

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Fort Worth, TX
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2015

You start with a small but well done museum with exhibits about local ancient pueblo tribes in the region. You then do a loop trail around an excavated group of buildings that was a village for 30 people hundreds of years ago. The site includes a large kiva, several stone houses, a small kiva and a food storage building. When... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2015

These is not a big attraction here. It is actually just a small little ruins area that is still being excavated. I'm not sure I would even classify it as a walk or trail, but they do. However, if you are just driving along and enjoying the canyons, this is a great spot to stop for a bathroom break and... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2015

Turns out it is not as scenic or as educational as I expected. Not bad, but I found more to discover at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monument (near Cottonwood, AZ)

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Williamston, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2015

Okay, Machu Picchu it's not. The walls have fallen down to knee level. Still, it is tangible evidence of a culture lost in the distant past. There is a small museum here and a short trail thru the ruins. Altogether, you could see it in 15 minutes. Surely you could spare that much time. Located on Desert View Drive between... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

Well, archaeologists might get excited but really there is not much to see here. The ruins site is a quick stop if you're driving the south rim east drive anyway, but there is so much to see at the viewpoints (which this isn't) it's better to focus on the views and skip this one.

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