Casa Malpais Archaeological Park & Museum, Springerville

#18 of 34 in Things to do in Apache County
Must see · Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Casa Malpais is an ancient pueblo from the Mogollon Culture, built and occupied between 1250 and 1340 AD. The site contains a Great Kiva, solar calendar, 50-60 room pueblo, and an ancient staircase that, when ascended, takes you up on the rim of the shield volcano that created the lava flow the site is located on. Labeled the "fissure pueblo" by Frank Hamilton Cushing in 1883, it has numerous means of tracking the sun, and is truly a remarkable site for its time.

Visitors to the museum will enjoy many of the artifacts that were excavated in the early 1990's, as well as a film about the site that features Hopi and Zuni elders that talk about how their culture relates to the site. The site became a National Historic Landmark in 1964.
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  • We made a late August afternoon reservation to visit Casa Malpais. Unfortunately afternoons in August are prime time for storms to pass through the area. So our tour had to be cancelled due to the.....  more »
  • Wonderful tour and excellent tour guide (Jeff). Need to reserve your spot by calling the museum the day before or morning of. Tours at 9:00 AM or 1:00 PM only (November-March). You watch a short...  more »
  • Great ruins, but our tour guide took a long time in very hot weather to explain some things. Sometimes it felt way too long. They were very educational, but the tour took a long time in the heat because of it. Great for kids, and people who want to study native ruins though.
  • Great archiological site. Have to go through qith a tour guide from springersville in Arizona

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