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Address: Near East Rim Drive, 22 miles west of Grand Canyon Village, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

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800 year old Tusayan building ruins worth exploring

One of the interesting stops you can make when taking the Desert View Drive is the Tusayan Museum and Ruins. The museum is located just a few miles fro the Desert View Watchtower... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 5, 2016
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Hong Kong, China
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A very nice, educational hike. Well worth the drive. Great views of the San Francisco mountain range. The Lodge/museum is rather small though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

We came upon 5he ruins after the mesuem was closed but the trail matkets were a big help. Itcwss great to see the ruins & how they stored food.. A huge male elk came walking through the ruins with massive antkers plus it showed us what all the plants & trees were used in their everyday lives.

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San Marcos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

We arrived at the ruins in time to join the ranger in a walk through the ruins. She was extremely knowledgeable and informative, explaining what the various types of structures were for. Take the time to visit the museum

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2016

One of the interesting stops you can make when taking the Desert View Drive is the Tusayan Museum and Ruins. The museum is located just a few miles fro the Desert View Watchtower and is free to visit. Here you find a short walking path around the 800 year old Pueblo ruins located here. The ruins haven't been reconstructed, instead... More 

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Fort Worth, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

You start with a small but well done museum with exhibits about local ancient pueblo tribes in the region. You then do a loop trail around an excavated group of buildings that was a village for 30 people hundreds of years ago. The site includes a large kiva, several stone houses, a small kiva and a food storage building. When... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

These is not a big attraction here. It is actually just a small little ruins area that is still being excavated. I'm not sure I would even classify it as a walk or trail, but they do. However, if you are just driving along and enjoying the canyons, this is a great spot to stop for a bathroom break and... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Turns out it is not as scenic or as educational as I expected. Not bad, but I found more to discover at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monument (near Cottonwood, AZ)

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Williamston, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Okay, Machu Picchu it's not. The walls have fallen down to knee level. Still, it is tangible evidence of a culture lost in the distant past. There is a small museum here and a short trail thru the ruins. Altogether, you could see it in 15 minutes. Surely you could spare that much time. Located on Desert View Drive between... More 

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New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Well, archaeologists might get excited but really there is not much to see here. The ruins site is a quick stop if you're driving the south rim east drive anyway, but there is so much to see at the viewpoints (which this isn't) it's better to focus on the views and skip this one.

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Del Mar, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This is near the east end entrance where the Desert View stop is and just past the Lipan Point stop. If you are driving the east side, this is a good place to stop and see a part of the GCNP that is not just the amazing views. There is a small museum and a walking trail that is short... More 

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