• The Great House at Casa Grande Ruins stands out for miles

    Casa Grande Ruins

    National Monument Arizona

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  • Visitor Center Rennovations

    Park is having major heating/cooling system work done. The Visitor Center is closed (we don't know how long-mid July?) but restrooms, movie auditorium, historic ruins area, and picnic area remain open (no fees or pass sales during rennovation)

Snakes and Fish of the Sonoran Desert

A pair of coachwhip snakes.

A pair of coachwhip snakes.

Courtesy: Karen Munroe

When most people think of snakes in the desert, they think of Rattlesnakes . Most snakes are active during the warm months. Some are nocturnal, and some are more active during the day. Some desert snakes are venomous while others are constrictors like the gopher snake . Snakes eat all sorts of different things. Rattlesnakes eat mostly rodents, but coachwhip snakes will climb trees or cactus to eat eggs from bird nests.

There are even fish in the desert! The desert pupfish and Gila topminnow only live in the Sonoran desert


What If...

What if you found a wild animal that was hurt or lost? What is the best thing to do?

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Did You Know?

Painting the protective roof in 2003.

The metal roof structure above the Casa Grande was constructed in 1932 at a cost of almost $28,000. Maintenance of the roof structure includes painting it every 15-20 years. It was last painted in 2003 at a cost of over $100,000.