Visitor Center Rennovations
April, May, & June 2014 are scheduled for major electrical and heating/cooling system rennovation. The Visitor Center will be closed but restrooms, movie auditorium, historic ruins area, and picnic area will remain open (no fees during rennovation).
Be A Junior Ranger
Discover the history of Casa Grande Ruins, the proud and hard-working people living here in ancient times, and how they managed to flourish in such a harsh environment! Kids of all ages will enjoy the activities, games, and puzzles designed to learn about the this very special place. Activities can include visiting the Big House, attending a ranger-led program, visiting the ball court, studying the museum exhibits in the visitor center, and completing activity pages that encourage discovery learning in an archeologically rich environment. They can also earn an official Casa Grande Ruins Junior Ranger patch!
While visiting Casa Grande Ruins, pick up a Junior Ranger Activity Booklet at the visitor center - it's free. Complete the appropriate activities for your age group and return the booklet to a park ranger or volunteer at the visitor center. They will review your book with you. When your booklet is completed you will receive a Junior Ranger patch.
Junior Ranger Patches are earned during a park visit. Casa Grande Ruins Junior Ranger patches are not available without an on-site visit.
Click here for the National Park Service's on-line Web Ranger program for kids of all ages.
Did You Know?
The ancient Sonoran Desert people made shell jewelry bracelets, rings, necklaces and pendants. Some of the jewelry was inlaid with turquoise, others had designs etched into the surface. The shells were acquired from as far away as the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California.