• 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 electrical and heating/cooling system work done. The Visitor Center will be closed until late June but restrooms, movie auditorium, historic ruins area, and picnic area will remain open (no fees or pass sales during rennovation).

Birds and Insects of the Sonoran Desert

A Gilded Flicker perched on Saguaro cactus blossoms.

The Gilded Flicker is common in the Sonoran Desert.

Copyright © Jim Creager


Probably the most famous bird of the Sonoran Desert is the roadrunner. But this desert is also a great habitat for doves, quail, hummingbirds, cactus wrens, Gila woodpeckers and cardinals.

The Gilded Flicker makes its home in the Sonoran Desert and has adapted well to the desert environment. Large birds like owls, hawks and vultures help maintain a balance in the rodent population by eating small animals like mice.

A common tarantula


Copyright © Denise Shultz

Insects, spiders and such

Creepy crawly things like insects and snakes are also a very important part of the life-scape of the Sonoran Desert. Bugs, beetles, and crickets are very tasty to the scorpion.

Many spiders live here too. The tarantula is one of the biggest and can live to be 20 years old!


Did You Know?

1852 sketch of Casa Grande by John Bartlett.

Father Kino, in 1694, was the first European to call this structure Casa Grande. It is a Spanish word that means 'great house.' The Casa Grande is a 4-story, 11-room structure which was built about 700 years ago.