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Fascinating glimpse into pre-history

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The museum was interesting and well organized but what most... read more

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Ottawa, Canada
Watch the times

We got there too early but were able to see some of it from a distance at the gate. Were able to... read more

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Reviewed 11 November 2017

We went to see these ruins with friends when we were in the area. Very interesting 4 story building with very thick walls and other smaller ruins in the vicinity. The guided tour was interesting and informative especially the discussion on the extensive irrigation canals the natives built running hundreds of miles. The interpretive centre was also vey good.

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed 11 November 2017

We visited Casa Grande Ruins NM in November. A beautiful sunny day with nice temperatures. The cost is $5 per adult. I can't remember if there was a charge for kids.

This is an excellent archeological and educational stop. The ruin of the "big house" is great considering when it was built. You can't go inside it. There are lots of signs detailing Native life and history in the time.

There is a 20 minute film that runs in the visitor centre I think every half hour. And there are guided Ranger talks. We just toured on our own. Inside the visitor centre are also exhibits detailing life in the Sonoran Desert during this time. The ruins are literally right beside the visitor centre so no amount of walking is required.

We spent about an hour and a half. If this subject interests you it's definitely worth a visit. We are glad we checked it out.

Its just off of Arizona Highway 87 right in the town of Coolidge.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

Drove 1.5 hours to here. The ruins are from good condition to poor. There is a visitor venter with restrooms. Self guided tour. Go in the spring or fall not summer, too hot then.

Date of experience: March 2017
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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.

Date of experience: October 2017
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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

Date of experience: October 2017
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