Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

The Casa Grande National Monument in Arizona features the Casa Grande, a “Great House” of the Hohokam people that lived in the Gila Valley from approximately 300 CE to 1450 CE. The Casa Grande is one of the largest prehistoric structures ever built in North American and the structure’s purpose remains mysterious despite extensive archaeological excavation. Needless to say, it carries powerful intrigue for the modern-day visitor. Walk around the Casa Grande structure and wander the desert landscape that surrounds the site to expose yourself to the mystery of America’s ancient human history.

—Caroline Griffith

If You Go

Be sure to explore the impressive desert of the southern Arizona. Native plants of the Gila Valley include cactus fruits, agave hearts, and the creosote bush.








Jody Livingston

November 28, 2014

The same site has an unexcavated ball court. About 30 miles away by the PHX airport is another Hohokam site that has a fully excavated ball court. I found these both interesting. Frank Waters, "Book of the Hopi" states that in one of the upper rooms in the Casa Grande Big House is a "mother earth" migration symbol which to some degree ties the Hohokam with similarities to the Hopi at least in petroglyphs and possible religious migration stories.


September 14, 2014

this was amazing!. This is the first time we came to see it. we will be back. breath taking.It's ashame how it as vandleized. learned a lot of history. an experience we'll never forget. the movie was awesome also. very educationalp

Heston Stewart

August 31, 2012

The reasoning for why I decided to come to the casa grand ruins was because of my foster brother “tony” he was directly connected to the Hohokom. It was interesting to see, touch and hear about my brother lineage and the history that kept. The “Main Tower” was incredible the tower stud 20 feet high and was 4 feet thick clay and rock. They said that it was a 4 story building back in the 1300s. It was proclaimed a national monument in the 1940’s. They said they made the hug sunroof that was over it in the 1930’s witch was interesting because it was a national monument by then. Sum down falls to this is that you couldn’t touch much either in the museum and the actually Main Tower. The people that where working there didn’t want you even picking up the dirt. They said that back in the 1960 people came in and cleaned out all the artifacts and nothing was left. You also couldn’t go inside the Main Tower witch was an upset but you could stick your head in if no one is looking. Over all it was an awesome time, learning some history and the accomplishments in the 1300s. Even thought the limits to the park are high it was worth gazing at an 800-year-old building. I would recommend the drive to casa grand to see this national monument!

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