Casa Grande Travel Guide

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    The golf courses are green and...
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Casa Grande Things to Do

  • Casa Grande Women's Club

    Another neat looking building is the Old Casa Grande Women's Club which is located across the street from the Heritage Hall Museum. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The art museum is located here too.

  • Heritage Hall Museum

    Casa Grande has a nice little museum in a very pretty building preserving the story of the Casa Grande area from pre-history to more recent times. Hours are 12 PM to 4 PM Thursday through Sunday (from mid-September to mid-May), and the 2nd Saturday of the month in June, July and August. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors. Free for kids!...

  • Casa Grande National Monument

    Casa Grande (or Great House) is the centerpiece of a Hohokam Village and was built in the 1300s. It is four stories high and 60 feet long. It took nearly 3000 tons of a concrete-like mixture of sand, clay and limestone called caliche to build this, the largest known Hohokam structure. Casa Grande received its name from early Spanish explorers like...

  • Hiking

    There isn't much to do in Casa Grande, but many nearby places to hike. Picacho Peak is beautiful in the spring when the flowers are in bloom. If you have a four-wheel-drive Jeep, Box Canyon is a nice drive, or there are ghost towns close enough for a day trip.

  • Meet the Locals

    One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to meet the locals. Here are two very attractive locals from Casa Grande.

  • Casa Grande Ball Court

    There is the remains of a ball court that was in the village (complete with solar-powered electronic guide). These ball courts were found throughout the southern native settlements (primarily those in what is now Mexico. What the parks personnel tell us is that this is an indication of the trade and cultural exchange going on between the various...

  • Casa Grande Ruin - back

    Casa Grande was probably the crowning acheivement of the Hohokam culture. The building's four walls face north, east, south and west. There are holes in the walls that line up to indicate when significant celestial events take place, like summer soltace.The naturalists at the site cannot figure out why the town was abandoned by the Hohokam. They...

  • Casa Grande Ruin - front

    Casa Grande was a four story structure built by the Hohokam natives in the early 1300's. Casa Grande was part of a village covering about one square mile and supported by irrigation from the Gila River. The walls of the building were built from a mixture of sand, clay and limestone. Amazingly, it has lasted 6 centuries (with a little help from a...

  • Casa Grande

    The main Casa Grande Ruin is protected from the environment's destructive forces by a huge roof structure. It looks as if Casa Grande is covered by a Porch Grande. It is hard too imagine what this four-story building looked like without the roof, without the darkness of the shade. Impressive!


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Casa Grande Restaurants

  • Great Comfort Food

    Cracker Barrel. $12 as of April 2015. I returned here in April 2015 (3rd visit). Still great. This was a typical Cracker Barrel, which to me means it's very good. The atmosphere is homey and the staff efficient and friendly. The negative side is that it is hard to find and to get to. The signs do not tell you what way to turn (left if Northbound,...

  • All You Can Eat

    $11 as of June 2014. Golden Corral is an all you can eat buffet with a variety of American food. How fresh the food is depends on how busy they are and luck. The meatloaf I had was a bit overdone. The fish and fried shrimp was good. The vegetables kinda average. Good if you want lots of food fast.

  • Decent Chain Restaurant

    $14 as of December 2013. One of the things I like about Denny’s is they are pretty consistent. You largely know what to expect from one to the next. If you like their food; stop here. The main thing that changes my ratings for a Denny’s from a 3 of 5, up or down, is the service. The food and service here was average. I made good use of my military...


Casa Grande Transportation

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    The park is in Coolidge,...

    by Tulin Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The park is in Coolidge, Arizona, about an hour-long drive from either Phoenix or Tucson. From Interstate 10 take the Coolidge exits and follow the signs to the park entrance off Arizona Route 87/287.
    Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, built by the Hohokams, was made Arizona's first federal park and became the first U.S. archeological preserve.


    For over a thousand years, prehistoric farmers inhabited much of the present-day state of Arizona. When the first Europeans arrived, all that remained of this ancient culture were the ruins of villages, irrigation canals and various artifacts. Among these ruins is the Casa Grande, or 'Big House,' one of the largest and most mysterious prehistoric structures ever built in North America. Casa Grande Ruins, the nation's first archeological preserve, protects the Casa Grande and other archeological sites within its boundaries. You are invited to see the Casa Grande and to hear the story of the ancient ones the Pima call the Hohokam, 'those who are gone.'

    This is desert country. Summer daytime temperatures may exceed 100 degrees. Winter temperatures range from the 60s to the 80s. Spring and fall are warm and dry, with highs in the 80s and 90s. The highest visitation is from January through April.

    Open all year from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; closed December 25.

    $2 per person, with a maximum of $4 per car. Children 16 and under are admitted free.

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Casa Grande Warnings and Dangers

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    by canuck68 Written Feb 19, 2012

    The desert tends to be cold in the mornings and evenings. Be warned that it can get very warm
    during the day. Because it is dry, it doesn't sometimes feel as hot as it actually is. If you are spending time outside be sure to apply a good sunblock and wear a hat.

    The desert is hot and dry. Be sure to drink lots of water. Watch out for snakes went it's over 80F

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  • Casa Grande Ruins

    Actually, the City of Casa Grande was named after the ruins, not the other way around. You can read about it here, Buying my first house here 3 years ago.

  • Casa Grande is a fairly small...

    Casa Grande is a fairly small town. Though it is growing very fast. We have all the accomidations, hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, department stores and golf courses. The small town attmosrhere is one of a kind. Locals are friendly.

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