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

    Casa Grande Ruins

    National Monument Arizona

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    The Visitor Center is OPEN! Major heating/cooling system work is done. Not all artifacts have been returned to display at this time. Once all artifacts are returned- fees return. CURRENTLY no fees or pass sales. Changes due August 26 or so.

Plan A Field Trip

We would like to assist you and your students in having an enjoyable experience that you can appreciate and understand in the context of your curriculum.

At the same time, please remember that Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is an archeological site and NOT a recreational area. We are entrusted with protecting and preserving the cultural and natural resources at Casa Grande Ruins and providing opportunities for other visitors to enjoy and experience the Monument. Children, as well as all visitors, are expected to conduct themselves with respect for the fragile ruins and for other visitors.


Things to consider...

Here are a few questions to help you assess whether a visit to the Monument will be beneficial to your students.

  1. How will your visit to Casa Grande Ruins supplement your classroom curriculum?
  2. What area would you like to focus on when visiting? (Archeology, Prehistoric cultures, Sonoran Desert, Arizona history, etc.)
  3. What activities do you have for the students to work on before and/or during their visit?
  4. Will you have a post-visit evaluation for your students? (Writing assignment, quiz, art project)
  5. What are your expectations, goals and/or objectives?

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.