Casa Grande Ruins, Coolidge AZ

Looking to get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air? Just south of Phoenix, you’ll find the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. A family friendly place to explore the history of the Sonoran Desert “Great House”. Be sure to visit the National Park website for the most up-to-date hours/times (we learned the hard way that the Ruins are closed on Sundays).

Offering free admission, free parking and plenty of covered picnic tables, we took advantage of the spring weather and enjoyed a beautiful spring afternoon with a picnic lunch (that we had brought from home). After lunch, we walked thru the Ruins, took pictures, talked to others and stamped our National Parks passport. We both enjoyed learning the history of the Ruins and a civilization that dates back to 1350B.C. We wondered about the decisions that the Leaders must have made and the architectural design of this giant, “Great House”. All in all, a nice way to spend a couple of hours (and not spend a lot of money). Have you been?

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