Casa Malpais Archaeological Park & Museum, Springerville

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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 drove from Pinetop to Springerville just for this tour, and very glad that we did. If you’re interested in the culture, architecture and daily lives of the ancient Mogollon people who built this... 
    We drove from Pinetop to Springerville just for this tour, and very glad that we did. If you’re interested in the culture, architecture and daily lives of the ancient Mogollon people who built this...  more »
  • 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
    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 »
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  • My husband and two good friends took this tour years ago while staying nearby for a wedding, and to this day, I have never been on a cooler, more informative tour! I cannot recommend it enough! We had so much fun and learned a ton. The tour guide (sorry I can't remember his name) was so passionate and engaging. It was literally just the four of us and this tour guide, and we spent well over 2 hours asking questions, hiking around, and just generally having a great time. If you are in the area, go to this museum, and do the guided tour. You will not regret it!
  • This place met all our expectations. Our tour guide Beth was FABULOUS!

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