Your first stop will be the Visitor's Center where you can pay the entrance fee. They also have a short informative film, a nice museum and gifts and souvenirs you can buy. Photo 1 shows some of the Salado Artifacts found in and around Besh Ba Gowah. Photos 2 and 3 show tools and arrowheads used by the Salado. Photo 4 shows a representation of how archeologists believe Besh Ba Gowah looked at its peak. Photo 5 shows some typical Hohokam Red on Buff Pottery from around 900 AD.
The first photo here shows the entrance to Besh Ba Gowah. This was originally a long roofed corridor which led to the largest structure and the central plaza. Jewelry, pottery and other artifacts found here indicate the central plaza was one of the main areas for trading and gathering with the other villagers. Photos 2 and 3 show the restored largest structure in the park. Photo 4 shows another restored home. Several tips giving more details about Besh Ba Gowah follow.
One place in the Globe area you should not miss is the Besh Ba Gowah Archeological Park. This park shows how archeologists discover, recover and can rebuild sites. They have restored parts of a 1200 Salado Village. While doing the excavation and study of the area they also discovered the remains of a 900 AD Hohokam Settlement. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors. Children under 12 are free. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM year round.
There are a few picnic tables by the parking area for Besh Ba Gowah; but there are better tables and barbecue grills in the Globe Botanical Garden.
Located right next to Besh Ba Gowah is the Ethnobotanical Garden where you can see some of the plants that were important to the Salado, more roasting pits, and the matate used to grind the grain.
In an effort to enhance the learning experience at the park, in addition to the restored areas these areas have been left unexcavated to show what archeologists find when they first unearth a site.
Scattered amongst the larger rooms used for living areas were these smaller windowless rooms used for storage.
Some of the rooms had these special features; a slab lind pit probably used for storage and roasting of food.
There are a few rooms in the largest structure with items inside to show how the rooms may have looked when the Salado lived here.