At the base of sheer red cliffs and in canyon wall caves are ruins of Indian villages built between AD 350 and 1300. Canyon de Chelly National Monument offers visitors the chance to learn about Southwestern Indian history from the earliest basketmakers to
Casa Grande Ruins, in Arizona, the nation's first archeological preserve, protects the Casa Grande and other archeological sites within its boundaries.
Twenty seven million years ago a volcanic eruption of immense proportions shook the land around Chiricahua National Monument. The Turkey Creek Caldera eruption eventually laid down two thousand feet of highly silicious ash and pumice. This mixture fused i
Coronado National Memorial commemorates the first major European exploration of the American Southwest. The Memorial lies on the United States-Mexico border within sight of the San Pedro River Valley, through which the Coronado Expedition first entered th
Fort Bowie commemorates in its 1000 acres, the story of the bitter conflict between the Chiricahua Apaches and the United States military. Apache resistance was finally crushed at Fort Bowie, and the result was the end of the Indian wars in the United Sta
The recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a panorama of human history.
One of the most spectacular examples of erosion anywhere in the world, Grand Canyon is unmatched in the incomparable vistas it offers to visitors on the rim.
Preserved here are the archeological remains of the Hohokam culture. Hohokam is a Pima Indian word meaning "those who have gone."
Hubbell purchased the trading post in 1878, ten years after Navajos were allowed to return to their homeland. Navajos were introduced to many new items during their exile. Traders like Hubbell supplied those items once they returned home. The trading post
Navajo National Monument preserves three of the most-intact cliff dwellings of the Anasazi.
In this desert wilderness of plants and animals and dramatic mountains and plains scenery, you can drive a lonely road, hike a backcountry trail, camp beneath a clear desert sky, or just soak in the warmth and beauty of the Southwest. The Monument exhibit
Parashant National Monument, located on the northern edge of the Grand Canyon, is a remote area of open, undeveloped spaces. It is an impressive and diverse landscape that includes an array of scientific and historic resources.
Petrified Forest features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood. Also included are the multi-hued badlands of the Chinle Formation known as the Painted Desert, historic structures, archeological sites and displays o
Pipe Spring National Monument is rich with American Indian, early explorer and Mormon pioneer history.
This unique desert is home to the most recognizable cactus in the world, the majestic saguaro. Saguaro cacti provide their fruits to hungry desert animals. They also provide homes to a variety of birds. With an average life span of 150 years, a mature sag
Sunset Crater is the youngest volcano on the Colorado Plateau. The volcano's red rim and the dark lava flows seem to have cooled and hardened to a jagged surface.
Well-preserved cliff dwellings were occupied by the Salado culture The people farmed in the Salt River Valley and supplemented their diet by hunting and gathering native wildlife and plants. The Salado were fine craftsmen, producing some of the most exqui
Tumaccori National Historical Park is comprised of the abandoned ruins of three ancient Spanish colonial missions.
Tuzigoot is an ancient village or pueblo built by a culture known as the Sinagua. The pueblo consisted of 110 rooms including second and third story structures.
Walnut Canyon was carved by Walnut Creek over a period of 60 million years. The people that lived here moved on to become the modern pueblo people of today. Walnut Canyon is one of their ancestral homes.
Wupatki is the only known location in the Southwest where physical evidence from at least three archeologically separate ancestral Puebloan cultures is found together in a number of archeological sites. Today, Wupatki National Monument protects 56 square