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“A very large adobe building in a small National Park”

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Coolidge
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Archeological preserve of one of the most mysterious ancient structures in North America.
Reviewed 31 October 2017

A lot of history to be learned at this park. The visitor center has information regarding the site, and the Indians that farmed the land here. One large adobe structure, protected by a very large modern steel structure. Around the main structure are the ruins of other small buildings and farmed areas with exhibits to demonstrate how the farming was done.

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Reviewed 29 October 2017

This is an unbelievable 4 stories high with walls four feet thick all built with very basic tools. Built by what were once called Hohokam, but who were likely ancestors of the O'Odham, Hopi, and Zuni people, it is a marvel of engineering and astronomy. These people had a precise understanding of the seasons and the positions of the sun and moon at various key times

Amazing to learn of the extensive canal and irrigation systems in place and the vast trade network established by these people. Also amazing that the site seems to have only been occupied for a very short period and then abandoned for reasons not fully understood

We were fortunate to have a fabulous VIP, original from Ohio, who gave us a tour of the main building and discussed the various features, the process for building and the various other buildings and features in the neighbourhood. Going above and beyond he also gave us information about the nearby town of Florence and several other spots to visit while we were in the area. A great asset to this National Monuments' staff.

This is definitely worth the short drive off I-10

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Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

Great Place to learn about the culture if the Indians who lived in the area 1500 years ago.

Dogs are welcome so bring your 4 legged friends.

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Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

I love these smaller national parks and monuments. The learning experience is so much better without crowds and when the staff has time to be attentive. The center looks relatively new and well kept up. They have a Junior Ranger program for the kids and the intro video is great. These are ruins, but enough is left, and enough is known about the history of the ancient Sonoran people, that it's very educational. An easy drive if you're staying in the southern part of the Phoenix area.

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Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

This was an impulsive stop that exceeded our expectations.
The ruins are incredible when you put into context the location and how this ancient civilization began living here up to 7500 years ago and began irrigating this desert land from 500-1500 AD! Must say the highlight of the trip was our Junior Ranger guide John! 9 years old and an ancestor of these people he was sharp, charming and showed us aspects of this land through the eyes of a child with an old spirit!

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