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Historic Places in Arizona
Canyon de Chelly National Monument, ArizonaThe Welcome Center is about 3 miles from Highway 191 in Chinle, AZ
Chinle, AZ 86503
Phone: (928) 674-5500
Description: For nearly 5,000 years, people have lived in these canyons - longer than anyone has lived uninterrupted anywhere on the Colorado Plateau. In the place called Tsegi, their homes and images tell us their stories. Today, Navajo families make their homes, raise livestock, and farm the lands in the canyons. A place like no other, the park and Navajo Nation work together to manage the land's resources.
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Arizona1100 W. Ruins Drive
Coolidge, AZ 85128
Phone: (520) 723-3172
Description: Explore the mystery and complexity of an extended network of communities and irrigation canals. An Ancient Sonoran Desert People's farming community and "Great House" are preserved at Casa Grande Ruins. Whether the Casa Grande was a gathering place for the Desert People or simply a waypoint marker in an extensive system of canals and trading partners is but part of the mystique of the Ruins
Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona12856 E Rhyolite Creek Rd
Willcox, AZ 85643
Phone: (520) 824-3560
Description: A "Wonderland of Rocks" is waiting for you to explore at Chiricahua National Monument. The 8-mile paved scenic drive and 17-miles of day-use hiking trails provide opportunities to discover the beauty, natural sounds, and inhabitants of this 11,985 acre site. Visit the Faraway Ranch Historic District to discover more about the people who have called this area home.
Coronado National Memorial, Arizona4101 E Montezuma Canyon Rd
Hereford, AZ 85615
Phone: (520) 366-5515
Description: It was a journey of conquest filled with exploration, wonder - and cruelty. Inspired by tales of vast cities of gold, 339 European soldiers and hundreds of Aztec allies embarked on an epic journey through arid deserts and rugged mountains. They encountered rich traditions and brought new technologies. The resulting collision and combination of cultures reverberates today
Fort Bowie National Historic Site, ArizonaWestern National Parks Association
Bowie, AZ 85605
Description: Fort Bowie witnessed almost 25 years of conflict between the Chiricahua Apache and the US Army, and remains a tangible connection to the turbulent era of the late 1800s. Explore the history of Fort Bowie and Apache Pass as you hike the 1.5 mile trail to the visitor center and old fort ruins.
Hohokam Pima National Monument, ArizonaGila River Indian Reservation
Description: The Hohokam Pima National Monument is an ancient Hohokam village within the Gila River Indian Community, near present-day Sacaton, Arizona. Location: Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, ArizonaHubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
Ganado, AZ 86505
Phone: (928) 755-3475
Description: The squeaky wooden floor greets your entry into the oldest operating trading post on the Navajo Nation. When your eyes adjust to the dim light in the "bullpen" you find you’ve just entered a mercantile. Hubbell Trading Post has been serving Ganado selling goods and Native American Art since 1878.
Montezuma Castle National Monument, ArizonaMontezuma Castle Road
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
Phone: (928) 567-3322
Description: Today we gaze through the windows of the past into one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. This 20 room high-rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a story of ingenuity, survival and ultimately, prosperity in an unforgiving desert landscape. Come marvel at this enduring legacy of the Sinagua culture and reveal a people surprisingly similar to ourselves.
Navajo National Monument, ArizonaEnd of AZ Highway 564
Shonto, AZ 86045
Phone: (928) 672-2700
Description: The Puebloan Ancestors built Tsegi Phase villages within the natural sandstone alcoves of our canyons. Betatakin, Keet Seel, and Inscription House are the three cliff dwelling sites that are tucked away in the alcoves. These villages, which date from AD 1250 to 1300, thrill all who visit with original architectural elements such as masonry walls, roof beams, and pictographs.
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona10 Organ Pipe Drive
Ajo, AZ 85321
Phone: (520) 387-6849
Description: Look closely. Look again. The sights and sounds of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, an International Biosphere Reserve, reveal a thriving community of plants and animals. Human stories echo throughout this desert preserve, chronicling thousands of years of desert living. A scenic drive, wilderness hike or a night of camping will expose you to a living desert that thrives.
Pipe Spring National Monument, Arizona406 Pipe Springs Road
Fredonia, AZ 86022
Phone: (928) 643-7105
Description: Beneath vermilion cliffs, American Indians, Mormon ranchers, plants, animals, and many others have depended on the life-giving water found at the desert oasis at Pipe Spring. Learn about settler and Kaibab Paiute life by exploring the museum, historic fort and cabins, garden, and Ridge Trail. Visit with rangers and ranch animals, and attend living history demonstrations and talks.
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Arizona6400 U.S. 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Phone: (928) 526-0502
Description: The cinder cone volcano's rim is the dusky red of sunset, but the crater is only part of the story. Around 1085 the ground began to shake, and lava spewed high into the air. When the eruption finished, it had changed both the landscape and the people who lived here. Today, it teaches how nature and humankind affect each other—and how rebirth and renewal happen in the wake of disaster.
Tumacácori National Historical Park, Arizona1891 East Frontage Road
Tumacacori, AZ 85640
Phone: (520) 377-5060
Description: Tumacácori sits at a cultural crossroads in the Santa Cruz River valley. Here O’odham, Yaqui, and Apache people met and mingled with European Jesuit and Franciscan missionaries, settlers, and soldiers, sometimes in conflict and sometimes in cooperation. Follow the timeworn paths and discover stories that connect us to enduring relationships, vibrant cultures, and traditions of long ago.
Tonto National Monument, Arizona26260 N AZ Hwy 188
Roosevelt, AZ 85545
Phone: (928) 467-2241
Description: The Salado Phenomena, 700 years ago, blended ideas of neighboring Native American cultures to emerge a unique and vibrant society. Tonto National Monument showcases two Salado-style cliff dwellings. Colorful pottery, woven cotton cloth, and other artifacts tell a story of people living and using resources from the northern Sonoran Desert from 1250 to 1450 CE.
Tuzigoot National Monument, Arizona25 Tuzigoot Rd
Clarkdale, AZ 86324
Phone: (928) 634-5564
Description: Crowning a desert hilltop is an ancient pueblo. What riches will they bring? What stories will they tell? From the rooftop of the Tuzigoot pueblo it is easy to imagine such a moment. The pueblo shows us this ancient village built by the Sinagua people. They were farmers and artists with trade connections that spanned hundreds of miles
Walnut Canyon National Monument, Arizona6400 U.S. 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Phone: (928) 526-3367
Description: Come gaze across curved canyon walls! Among the remarkable geological formations of the canyon itself, the former homes of ancient inhabitants are easily evident. Along the trails you can imagine life within Walnut Canyon, while visiting actual pueblos and walking in the steps of those who came before.
Wupatki National Monument, Arizona6400 U.S. 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Phone: (928) 679-2365
Description: Nestled between the Painted Desert and ponderosa highlands of northern Arizona, Wupatki is a landscape of legacies. Ancient pueblos dot red-rock outcroppings across miles of prairie. Where food and water seem impossible to find, people built pueblos, raised families, farmed, traded, and thrived. Today, if you linger and listen, earth and artifacts whisper their stories to us still.
Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, Arizona180 West 1st Street
Yuma, AZ 85364
Phone: (928) 373-5198
Description: Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area is not a park per se but more an umbrella organization set up to assist in the conservation, restoration and management of natural, cultural and historic resources in the Yuma Crossing area.
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