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

    Casa Grande Ruins

    National Monument Arizona

Things To Do

Visitor Center Museum and Bookstore
Open daily 9am to 5pm, 363 days per year, the visitor center is where your visit begins. After presenting your park pass or paying the entrance fee you will receive a copy of the park's official map and guide. This guide is a popular take home item as it will refresh your knowledge of the Hohokam Culture and the things you will see during your visit. The next step may be to head to the park auditorium to view the twenty two minute orientation film which plays every thirty minutes on the hour and half hour.

Time to explore before the next movie? You might want to visit the park bookstore, the small museum within the visitor center, and of course, the restrooms.

 
Elderly Saguaro with Casa Grande Ruins 'Big House' in the distance.

The Casa Grande Ruins-- Great House

NPS Photo by Jim Creager

Tours
The self-guided tour consists of a short walk around the Casa Grande following wayside signs. These waysides are being upgraded and edited to include new graphics and new research. A PDF of the current waysides before upgrade can be downloaded.

Guided tours are provided from late November through early April, as staffing permits. Please call the day of your visit for tour schedules. Groups, especially school classes, need to call in advance.

 

Picnic with Family and Friends
The picnic area shares the parking lot with the visitor center. It has shaded tables and trash receptacles. Large gatherings may plan ahead and reserve the park's outdoor kitchen, otherwise reservations are not needed. Located in the picnic area is a pet walking area and a viewing platform for an ancient "ball court."

 

Special Events
Check the calendar for events during your visit. Past events include the American Indian Arts (and Music) Fest in February, Archeology Month Backcountry Tours in March, Junior Ranger Day in April, Fee Free Days, Lecture Series, and Arizona History Days. Special demonstrations and tours are offered in cooler months, November to April.

Did You Know?

The National park Service Arrowhead

The difference between a National Monument and a National Park is the way they are created. National Parks require Congressional approval but National Monuments are established by Executive Order of the President.