• 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. Fees are being collected and passes are available.

Enjoying the Picnic Area

View of the covered picnic area with the ramps to the ancient ballcourt overlook in the background.

One of three covered picnic shelters at the park, this one is near the ancient ballcourt overlook.

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Bring your meal and enjoy the park grounds while you eat. The park picnic area is open the same hours as the park visitor center, 9am to 5pm daily, seven days per week. The covered picnic shelters are generally not reserved and it is hoped that visitors will share the resource if necessary.

There is no fee for having your lunch in the picnic area and it is not necessary to pay the park entrance fee if you do not intend to enter the visitor center or view the ruins. The public restrooms are located at the front of the visitor center and also do not require an entrance fee before access.

Trash cans and recyclable plastic and can collection stations are located at both shelter areas.

Pets need to be on a leash or under strict physical control at all times. You are required to clean up pet waste and prevent pet damage to the park.

DO NOT FEED park wildlife. It is harmful to the animals to eat people food and to become dependent on people for their meals.

 
outdoor kitchen in use showing pots on stove and people in background

Outdoor kitchen in use

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One of the covered picnic shelters has an outdoor kitchen. There is a fee to use this kitchen and reservations are required. You can read the details for reserving this area in the permits section of this website.

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.