Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

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Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Address:1100 Ruins Dr
Coolidge, AZ 85228

Phone:520-723-3172
Fax:520-723-7209
Web: www.nps.gov/cagr/
Size: 473 acres.
Established: Authorized as Casa Grande Ruin Reservation on March 2, 1889; redesignated by proclamation on August 3, 1918.
Location:In Coolidge, Arizona, about an hour southeast of Phoenix. From I-10, take Coolidge exits and follow signs to park entrance off AZ 87/287.
Facilities:Picnic area, rest rooms (é), visitor center (é), museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail. Entrance fee required.
Activities:Guided and self-guided tours.
Special Features:The nation's first archeological preserve protects the Casa Grande (Big House), one of the largest and most mysterious prehistoric structures ever built in North America. This multi-storied, earthen-walled structure surrounded by the remains of smaller buildings and a compound wall was constructed by the Hohokam, who farmed the Gila Valley in the early 1200s. Casa Grande was abandoned by the mid-1400s.

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Just south of Phoenix, Arizona, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument features many of the last few remnants of the people who thrived in the Sonoran Desert for hundreds of years.
If Casa Grande Ruins acquires more land, there's more for visitors to explore, and the typical two-hour visit might eventually turn into an overnight stay that requires hotels, restaurants, and other accommodations, boosting the economy in surrounding towns.