Thursday, December 23, 2010

Casa Grande Ruins

We took a ride today and came across the ruins. It is really worth a visit.

The Great House was 4 stories and 60 ft. long and had several rooms inside. The walls had even been painted with a reddish paint that the Indians made. The colors have faded now but, you can see some color left on the interior walls.

The remains are believed to be around 600 yrs old. The Hohokam people Tortilla Flats and Casa Grande 017were farmers, they built along the Gila river and set up an irrigation system to water their crops. They lived in permanent settlements and made pottery for trading. Ancient ballcourts have also been found here along with several different artifacts. By 1694 the Hohokam had disappeared, it is believed that their water supply dried up due to major droughts.

Tortilla Flats and Casa Grande 020inside structure

Tortilla Flats and Casa Grande 024mud walls


  1. We visited these ruins when it was over 100 degrees and I still really loved seeing them. We want to go back again - this time when the weather is a little cooler.

  2. Haven't been there but now I have through you!

    Merry Christmas!