Weekend road trips to out-of-the-way places —
a highlight of winter in the desert.
Casa Grande — Prehistoric Village
The Casa Grande Ruins National Monument at Coolidge, Arizona preserves the remains of a farming village and the Great House (Casa Grande) of the ancient people now known as the Hohokam.
The Casa Grande was constructed prior to 1350 AD and is 4 stories high. Strategically placed holes in each wall allow observations of the position of the sun and moon. Summer solstice is marked when the sun is in position to shine directly into a small hole in the western wall. Additional holes mark other significant seasonal dates.