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“Excellent archeological experience!”

Casa Malpais Archaeological Park & Museum
Arizona
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92 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Excellent archeological experience!”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

I have visited the museum 3 times and the archeological ruin twice and find that it is probably the best thing to visit in the White Mountains. The park ranger's knowledge of this particular ruin is extensive and the ruin itself is a real treat and somewhat compact for such a major ruin! You must take a tour-can't do it on your own- but that protects the property from vandals and litterers, so it is well worth the supervision. The charge is nominal and several tours are available every day. There is an astronomical calendar, a kiva, petroglyphs or pictographs and an ancient stairway inaccessible to all but the hardiest. The recently updated museum features artifacts from the site and a video introduction by Hopi and Zuni elders, both of whose tribes claim ancestry here. In May the museum hosted an opening featuring a talk and slides by Adriel Heisey who is an excellent aerial photographer. Many of his photos of the site, as well as of other archeological sites, are on display in the museum. As positive as I feel about the place, I am almost hesitant to praise it too highly, lest it become overrun with tourists who are looking for more of a theme park experience than a tour of an ancient civilization. I shall return.

Visited May 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Nice if you're interested in that sort of thing.”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

My second trip here, though I seem to remember enjoying it more the first time (in 2006). Still, an interesting place to visit, and you get your money's worth.

Visited June 2013
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