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).
Where is the Water?
When the ancient people of the Sonoran Desert lived here hundreds of years ago, there was more surface water available to help them survive than what we have today. Most of the major rivers in Arizona ran all year round. The fish in these rivers provided food, and along the river beds were riparian areas where many useful water-loving plants like reeds, grasses, and cottonwood trees grew.
Copyright © Denise Shultz
In Casa Grande Ruins, Arizona: A Centennial History of the First Prehistoric Reserve 1892 - 1992, A. Berle Clemensen wrote:
Did You Know?
The Casa Grande Ruins were extensively excavated and studied by Dr. Jesse Fewkes in 1906. Previously, visitors removed artifacts and took pieces of the walls and roofs as souvenirs.