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The story of Arizona can be found in its numerous well-preserved ancient ruins, fine museums, ongoing digs and thousands of artifacts that have been carefully collected and cataloged over many years of work.
You'll find engaging archaeological attractions at sites across Arizona – including many national monuments in Northern Arizona, as well as sites in both Central Arizona and Southern Arizona. In the Phoenix and Tucson areas, you'll also discover several museums and exhibitions dedicated to Arizona's archaeological past.
At some ruins, you can walk through centuries-old rooms where women cared for their children and cooked meals for their families. You can see where men made tools to hunt the region's wild animals for food. During special times of the year, other sites also open their archaeological digs to volunteer amateur archaeologists – giving you the opportunity to work and explore alongside professional staff.
Wherever you go, all year round, Arizona's archaeological wonders promise visitors of every age and interest unforgettable experiences. Start exploring Arizona's archaeology with the listings below, or visit Arizona Heritage Traveler for more information.
A word to all visitors: When you tour Arizona archaeological sites, you are visiting the homes of people who lived here thousands of years ago. Please be respectful of their homes and villages. Always stay on trails. Never pick up anything that belongs to the site or to the exhibit. And dispose of your trash properly in receptacles or bins.
Visit the world’s best preserved meteorite impact site just minutes from Interstate 40 in Northern Arizona near Winslow.
In addition to an informative exhibit about the Community, art- work by residents is showcased. Called a “museum without walls,” the collection and even archaeological excavations have been created by community members.
1901 Capitol building with period offices restored to look the way they did at Statehood. Open weekdays 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Open Saturdays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (Sept-May). Closed State Holidays.&nb
The museum is adjacent to the school grounds and is located in the historic Coconino County hospital, a 1908 building made of tufa stone. Operated by the Pioneers Society of Arizona, this facility has artifacts pertaining to pioneer life in Arizona.
The oldest and largest anthropology museum in the state, the Arizona State Museum is a Smithsonian Institution affiliate. “Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest,” is the permanent exhibit and focuses on 10 tribes of Arizona and n
The primary emphasis is Hohokam artifacts excavated from sites around Phoenix, however the collection also includes excavations from Shoofly Village in the Payson area, sites in the Prescott region and the Colorado Plateau.
In the 1880s it was not only a theater, but also served as a saloon, gambling hall and brothel. The New York Times called it, "the wildest, roughest, wickedest honky tonk between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast."
Experience the rich heritage of rural southern Arizona and see what Casa Grande looked like in 1879 when the railroad ended here.
Indian artifacts from the Hohokam, Apache and Yavapai are displayed in this small community museum along with exhibits about pioneer history, ranching and mining.
Located in the Historic Clemenceau School in the Upper Verde River Valley, the museum specializes in early history of Verde Valley, its mining industry, farming and ranching.
This small but intriguing museum features life-sized models of Cocopah ancestral people arranged in historic settings. The life-size dioramas illustrate the heritage of the Cocopah people who continue to reside in the Yuma area.
The heritage of the four tribes that comprise the Colorado River Indian Tribes is presented at the Colorado River Indian Tribes Museum.
DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is a legendary landmark of Southwestern art and architecture created by the late Arizona artist Ted DeGrazia. On the National Register of Historic Places, the 10-acre gallery grounds showcase DeGrazia originals, the Mission
The fine art collection includes works by well-known artists, including Frederic Remington and George Phippen. The Hall of History brings the Old West to life with artifacts displayed in realistic period settings.Fort Huachuca was established in 1877 as a temporary camp near the Huachuca Mountains, and today as the home for the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School. The Fort Huachuca Museum features military and Indian artifacts, photos and dioramas covering th
Although the park is mostly dedicated to illustrating the military history of Arizona, a self-guided, signed trail leads to a prehistoric Hohokam village called the Hardy site. The same trail also leads to some of the fort’s historic buildings.
The scope of the museum emphasizes the lifeways of indigenous people of the southwest, but the museum collection and exhibitions cover the living cultures and arts of all contemporary Native peoples.Throughout the year, the museum hosts popular events&Exhibits tell the stories of two tribes, the Pima and the Maricopa people. Demonstrations are held of basketry and pottery making. A small outdoor dining area features homemade authentic food, including fry bread
The Hopi Cultural Center includes a small gallery museum, restaurant and an inn. Each mesa is distinctive and unique and is known for special art and craft.
This modern new center highlights both the historic and living cultures of the Akimel O’odham and the Pee Posh, recognizing and preserving the enduring traditions of the Gila River Indian Community.
A National Historic Landmark, the old adobe ranch house has been restored along with several outbuildings. Visitors can tour the icehouse, wash house, granary, commissary, and a car shed to understand about life in southern Arizona at the turn of the 2Dedicated to telling the story of John Wesley Powell's 1869 and 1871 journeys down the Grand Canyon, the museum presents exhibits and memorabilia about those two monumental feats.
New exhibitions, including Origins and the hands-on Paleo Dig Pit. Come explore dinosaurs that roar and so much more!
The museum provides a wonderful introduction to the Native people who live in Northern Arizona, especially the Navajo and Hopi. There are excellent interpretive exhibits for children and a fine bookstore and gift shop that showcases art, crafts and jew
This art museum mounts three-to-five rotating exhibits during that year that showcase western art. The Phippen Museum puts on a popular show and sale over the Memorial Day weekend.Incorporated in 1994 to conduct archaeological and historical research, Old Pueblo conducts scientific research, preservation and public interpretation projects that are open to the public. Information is available about volunteer opportunities, programs,
Keet Seel is built into an eye-shaped cave and accessible only by a strenuous 17-mile round trip hike and a climb up to the ruins. Betatakin is more accessible.Located in Heritage and Science Park, the museum tells the story of Phoenix and the Salt River Valley beginning with the Hohokam. Also featured is the pioneer, pre-statehood period.Willcox celebrates its native son, the singing cowboy Rex Allen, with this small museum that features memorabilia about his career making movies, records and appearing on TV. The collection also includes exhibits of other western stars.
The San Carlos Apache Tribe opened its Cultural Center to tell their own story of their people. A special exhibit, “Window on Apache Culture,” is housed in the center.
The first room of the museum tells the stories of Sedona's pioneers. A second room is devoted to movies that were filmed in Sedona, many of which were western films. A third room describes the cowboy life.The Sirrine House is Mesa’s only fully restored, Victorian era home. Period furnishings and artifacts provide visitors a perspective on life in Mesa in the early 1900s.Constructed in 1880, the restored interiors of this adobe home reflect the life of a wealthy Tucson family in the 1800sOpened on March 20, 2005, the 125th anniversary of the arrival of the railroad in Tucson, the Museum presents the impact of the railroad on Tucson and Southern Arizona.
The museum is dedicated to the history of Tempe but includes an exhibit on the prehistoric Hohokam Indians who lived in the area.
The Titan Missile Museum is the only Titan Missile site that remains intact. The guided tour includes the launch control room with a simulated launch and then continues down the 200 ft. tunnel for a close up look at the Titan II missile. Daily from 9:0The permanent collection displays art of the Americas, including pre-Columbian and Spanish colonial paintings and furnishings. Guided tours are offered of the historic block.Family Fun featuring 3,000 humorous, hand carved caricatures set in comical scenes 38 years in the making. You gotta see it to believe it The wild west in miniature. Operating, large scale whimsical trains. Push buttons, watch the carvings move. Enjoy cow
The Arizona Military Museum traces the military history of Arizona from the Spanish Conquistadors to the present day.Read the epitaphs as you wander through this small cemetery that is a tourist destination visitors pay to enter. (The real Boothill cemetery is nearby and free).
Experience the flavor of the Old West by visiting the historic Copper Queen and Winchester's Restaurant. The hotel was built in 1902 during the mining boom days when Bisbee was the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco; yet this hotel offers
This is largest and most complete tour of one of Arizona’s oldest copper mines. Visitors are issued hard hats, slickers, and miner’s headlamps before taking the underground train deep into the Copper Queen Mine. Retired miners narrate the tour and
Founded in 1901 as a site for a copper smelter, Douglas boasts 405 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Some of the most famous buildings include the historic Gadsden Hotel, the EP & SW Railroad Depot, which is now the police station,
El Tovar is perhaps the most distinguished accommodation offered within Grand Canyon National Park. Located 20 feet from the South Rim, this rustic lodge with a large porch offers thrilling views of the canyon and wonderful people-watching opportunitie
Fort Bowie tells the story of the conflict between the Chiricahua Apaches and the U.S. Army.Established in 1907, the five-story Gadsdsen Hotel at one time epitomized the glamour of the Old West. The lobby is considered one of the most opulent early 20th century public areas in Arizona.
Prescott residents raised the money to build the four-story hotel to attract Phoenix tourists who wanted to escape the summer heat. It was designed by one of the Southwest’s most distinguished architects, Henry Trost, and opened in 1927.
Constructed between 1928-1930, La Posada was Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter’s favorite design; completed it when she was 60 years old. The 75-room luxury hotel opened May 15, 1930 as the last of the Fred Harvey Company hotels built by the Santa Fe Ra
Here, in 1881, the Earp brothers, Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan, along with their friend Doc Holliday, faced off against the Clanton and McLaury gang.Now restored and used as the City Hall of Willcox, the depot was built in 1881 and is the only surviving original on-site passenger depot that is still extant on the southern transcontinental route through Arizona.The Strawberry Schoolhouse is the oldest schoolhouse in Arizona still standing on its original site.This Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church was established and dedicated on January 1, 1881. The mining camps in those days attracted people from Serbia, Italy, Spain, Ireland,etc. This Church was built to meet the religious and spiritual needs of
In the Nogales, the last U.S. border frontier, reside the 1904 Santa Cruz County Court House featuring two museums, and the 1914 Nogales City Hall featuring the Pimeria Alta Historical Museum. The 1.7 miles of Historic Nogales contains structures of th
The name "Tombstone" is world-famous for the Earps, the cowboys and the "gunfight at the OK Corral." The Tombstone Livery Stable and Chuckwagon is a horse boarding and training facility that offers mounted shooting competitions and a cowboy actioThe Postal History Foundation has the only formal museum and library in the Southwest dedicated to U.S. Western postal history. It celebrates the historical settlement of the West through the remarkable stories of the Pony Express,historic postal stationsIn the pation of an 1885 hotel is the world's largest Rose Bush--planted in 1885 the bush now covers over 8000 square feet, more than 300 people can be seated in its shade. The old hotel is a museum dedicted to one of tombstone's pioneer families and con
On the National Register of Historic Places, Colossal Cave Mountain Park is a 2,400-acre desert park. The Park showcases Colossal Cave and La Posta Quemada Ranch, a 128-year-old working ranch.
Colossal Cave was officially "discovered" in 1879,<
On 49,120 acres of rugged semi-desert grasslands, the Muleshoe Ranch Preserve straddles the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts. The Plant diversity ranges from giant Saguaro cactus to Ponderosa pine forest and conatains some of Arizona's best remaining na
A walk through Tombstone's past! Tombstone Western Heritage Museum celebrates the most famous Western town's history with an extensive collection of original artifacts, photos and documents. We feature the largest collection of Wyatt Earp an Tombston
Western, Native American, DioramasHadji Ali (Hi Jolly) came from his native Syria as a camel driver after Naval Lieutenant Edward Fitzgerald Beale convinced Secretary of War Jefferson Davis to authorize the formation of the Camel Military Corps in 1853. The monument marks Hi Jolly's grave
Cottage style rooms. Authentic Railroad Cabooses. Each sleeps a family of 5. Railcar has 3 separate motel rooms. RV park now open.Brigham City, the restoration site of a fort built by Mormon pioneers, was established in 1876 by 20 Mormon families and 15 bachelors from Salt Lake City.
Casa Malpais, which means “House of the Badlands”, was occupied for about 200 years and mysteriously abandoned about 1400 A.D. The Great Kiva is the centerpiece of the site and is constructed of volcanic rock.Elden Pueblo is a partly excavated archaeological village that was probably inhabited from A.D. 1070 to 1275. The ruin includes rooms, mounds, small pueblos, pithouses and other features.Hubbell Trading Post is the oldest continuously operating trading post on the Navajo Nation.Today, the non-profit Western National Parks Association maintains the trading traditions established by the Hubbell family. The trading post continues to sell higThis 1884 log cabin was relocated to Main Street in Taylor and is being restored by the Taylor/Shumway Heritage Foundation. The cabin gives visitors a perspective on the harsh conditions of pioneer life in 19th century Arizona.
To view the rock art, visitors can drive to the rim of the canyon and take a short hike to the bottom, or use the observation deck on the rim. Visitors can also stay at the ranch, which is an Old West setting, and enjoy steak fry and cowboy music.Completed in 1904, the Shumway School in Taylor is the only brick one-room school still standing in Arizona.Eat at over 8000 feet
The Verde Canyon Railroad takes you on a trip through Southwest regions rich with indigenous flora and fauna throughout the Verde Valley. Asphalt, concrete and tension drift away as you cruise from Clarkdale to Perkinsville at a smooth 12 miles per hou
The Castle Dome Mines Museum is located 30 miles north of Yuma in the ghost town of Castle Dome. Once a thriving industrial town bustling with more than 3,000 inhabitants, Castle Dome is now a deserted town-turned-museum filled with rich Arizona histor
Santa Cruz Spice Company is both a manufacturer and retailer of fine chili products. At the Spice Center in Tumacacori, you can purchase a wide variety of gourmet Southwestern foods, cookbooks and a large selection of spices and her
The Wrigley Mansion is a breathtaking landmark located atop a hill above the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix. Built in 1932 by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr., the mansion sits atop a 100-foot knoll with commanding views of the mountains and the city
Discover this historic five-story Native American dwelling carved out of an ancient limestone cliff with twenty rooms. Begun during the twelfth century, it took about three centuries to complete.
Widely considered the finest example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States, San Xavier is used daily by the Tohono O’odham Indians who live and worship in this district.
Shallow caves shelter nearly 700-year-old masonry dwellings at Tonto National Monument. These well-preserved ruins were home for three centuries to the Salado people.
Celebrating Wells Fargo’s role in Arizona’s colorful history, the Wells Fargo History Museum is just steps away from popular downtown Phoenix attractions, the US Airways Center and Chase Field.
The largest aviation and space museum west of the Rockies. More than 300 aircraft on display on 80 acres.
Explore Navajo Interactive Museum is an extraordinary look at Navajo people, its society, its accomplishments and its historic contributions.
The AHS Museum in Papago Park focuses on the history of central Arizona with special emphasis on the 20th century. Exhibits relate to impact of water; and a special gallery is devoted to the Home Front during World War II.
In this park find evidence of earliest canals, dug by hand by Hohokam Indians who lived in central Arizona until A.D. 1450.
Historic Heritage Square is a striking remnant of Phoenix’s Victorian past.
The site, which covers the eastern slope of the Hedgpeth Hills, includes more than 1500 petroglyphs, many of which can be seen by walking the trail that follows the base of the hill.
Douglas, a 100-year-old copper mine boom town, has 335 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.
The El Presidio Historic District in Tucson, is a residential neighborhood containing adobe and brick buildings in the Spanish-Mexican, Anglo-American and Eclectic architectural styles.
Arizona's largest Western-themed attraction in a new location, Wild Horse Pass. Stagecoach & train rides, gold panning, gunfights, shops, steakhouse, cookouts and live country music. Free admission.
A scenic outdoor museum, with colorful panels that explain the importance of the Yuma Crossing National Historic Landmark.
The reservation is surrounded by a wonderland of historic recreation and geological sights including Pipe Spring National Monument and Vermillion Cliffs.
This limestone sink was a water source for the Sinagua and Hohokam people who lived and farmed in this area thousands of years ago. Traces of their ancient irrigation ditches may be seen in the picnic area.
Navajo Nation lands extend into the states of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Navajo Nation operates on Daylight Savings Time from April to October. The rest of Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time.
The Navajo Nation extends into the states of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, covering over 27,000 square miles of unparalleled beauty. The Navajo Reservation is home to more than a dozen national monuments, tribal parks and historical sites, and is peppe
Walk in the footsteps of people who lived at Walnut Canyon more than 700 years ago. Peer into their homes, cliff dwellings built deep within canyon walls. The presence of water in a dry land made the canyon rare and valuable to its early human inhabita
Sierra Vista Shuttle and Taxi.
The AzMNH is a place for family fun.
Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse is celebrating 41 years of providing quality 1880's style family entertainment.
Sedona's Spiritual Tour Company since 1980.
Talking Stick Resort features deluxe guest rooms, fine dining, championship golf and a casino.
Visit the Cultural Center at Talking Stick Resort and see the largest collection of Native American art, baskets and more outside of a museum.
Spend your Arizona vacation in Cave Creek and let Full Circle Ranch Bed and Breakfast Inn be your one-of-a-kind oasis in the desert.
Join BC Jeep Tours for a unique experience that can be enjoyed by all ages.
Built in 1894, Rosson House was designed by the 74 year old architect Alexander P. Petit and is one of the few homes left in the original Phoenix town site.
Magic awaits you at the Arizona Renaissance Festival - Celebrating 25 Years of Cheers!
Located in a 1,500 year-old Hohokam village ruin in Phoenix, the museum has been dedicated to the study and interpretation of the Hohokam culture for more than 70 years.
Established in 1946, the Flying E Guest ranch is just 4 miles west of Wickenburg. Known as the "riding ranch" we offer 20,000 acres to ride and roam. Home cooked family style meals, 17 comfortable, clean accommodations and great horses for every rider.
Corral West provides family friendly horse adventures for all ages!
An Arizona landmark since first opening in 1936, the Lodge On the Desert was one family's abiding passion for more than 60 years. Renowned for it's gracious hospitality and intimate residential setting, the Lodge remains a Tucson tradition. Nestled aga
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Offer guided tours of the Grand Canyon, Sedona and more, with custom vehicles and expert guides who know how to have fun.
AOA specializes in bike rentals and guided adventure trips from single-day hiking, biking, kayaking, and rafting in Phoenix to multi-day guided hiking, biking, and backpacking in the Grand Canyon, Havasupai, and the greater Southwest.
1880 Adobe, private entrances & private baths & miner cabin. Full breakfast in The Lamplight Dining Room.
Enchantment Resort, a Leading Hotel of the World, offers 220 guest rooms in adobe casitas with Southwestern interiors and flexible floor plans.
Arcosanti is a prototype arcology, an urban environment based on density and efficiency. It embodies Soleri's proposal to "reinvent the American Dream" in a rational and progressive way, acknowledging the reality of scarce and depleting resources.
Tanque Verde Ranch is Arizona’s premier guest ranch/resort located in the lush desert foothills of the Rincon Mountains near Tucson. This beautiful, historic ranch has 74 spacious rooms and suites.
We are a great location for spending 3 nights to see the Grand Canyon, Sedona & Flagstaff. Free WI-FI, parking and a unique 2 course gourmet breakfast each morning. An upscale B&B at affordable rates.