Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
After visiting Effigy Mounds National Monument, we decided it would be interesting to visit an ancient Southwestern Pueblo site and compare it to the Mound Builders of the Midwest. Our ultimate destination was a camper cabin at Kartchner Caverns, so this was more or less on our way.
It was very interesting to see this huge ancient structure rise out of the desert. The kids all commented on the energy/electric feel of the air. We soon found out that Casa Grande was a very special spiritual site for the Ancient Pueblo. As we walked around the building, we peered into openings and found a Great Horned Owl sheltering from the sun. He looked a bit grumpy, so we wished him well and moved along so he could go back to napping.