Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park
4619 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ, USA
phoenix.gov/parks/pueblo.htm… - (602) 495-0900
Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park Phoenix Reviews
All that's left is just a few mounds... Jun 30, 2012
And by that I don't mean to be disrespectful to the archaeologists and people devoted to preserve this place. What I mean is that this museum may be of interest only for archaeologists or archaeology lovers, as there is not much left to see in the site.
The museum is the site of the largest city of the Hohokam culture, a group of native people that inhabited the area of what now is Arizona for over 1000 years and disappeared for still unknown reasons.
The archaeological site is composed of a large platform mound, a ballcourt and several reconstructed pithouses. I must say that the original places of this site are in a very bad preservation state, mostly because of the fragile materials they were built of (sand and caliche with some rock) and also due to mistakes during the original excavations (that's what I read in the info over there).
So, in my opinion, this place will not be interesting for everybody, as the ruins are not "beautiful" or outstanding per se. But if you are an archaeology fan like myself and you are interested in the life of native people in the USA, then this is a place you wanna stop by.
It is very conveniently located by lightrail station 18, and if you are in the airport and have a few hours of layover time, you might wanna consider taking the free shuttle to the lightrail, and just walk across the street to the museum.
As the other reviewer said, consider that Phoenix weather can be quite miserable, especially during the Summer, so you want to go to this place early (they open at 9), wear light and comfortable clothes, some sunshine protection and a cap or hat. The trail itself can be walked through in about 15-30 min depending on your speed, but you can really get dehydrated and sunburned if you are not careful.
There is also a small museum with a few pottery pieces from the Hohokam culture, and some maps and explanations as well. A visit to the whole place can take around 1 hour or so.
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Oct 03, 2006
Amidst the urban sprawl and commercial filth of Phoenix, lie the ruins of a 1500 year old civilization, the Hohokam. Literally meaning "those who have gone," this was the name given to the mysterious Indian culture that thrived in the southwest of Arizona between AD 1 and 1500. Known throughout the southwest for the irrigation canals, pottery, and ruins they left behind, this is one of the parks that brings you closer to this culture.
Though the ruins are little more than mounds, due to building materials back then being in limited supply (i.e. adobe, caliche, and if you got lucky - some logs) and heat and monsoons eroding away what once was, there are some wonderful full scale homes (replicas)for visitors to explore.
Picture the teepees we know and love in the Westerns, now replace the furs and leather with the surrounding soil. I can't imagine that their villages were easy to sustain, though their exceedingly large ballcourts survive to this day, seen here at Pueblo Grande. Walk the trails and walk in the footsteps of this ancient culture, trace the foundations of their homes, look at pottery which has been found at the site, learn about the amazing irrigation canals that helped their civilization thrive as a successful farming community for 1500 years.
Advice: never come here unless it is below 85 degrees. Locals can talk all they want about it being a dry heat, but you will be doing a lot of walking while here.
Admission is $2, that's all the city gets for sponsoring the research, tours, talks, digs, and displays.
If you are bored to tears just thinking about walking amidst almost non-existent ruins, visit the visitor center museum and gawk at the artifacts found in or around the site. Kids can be archeologists for a day and dig around in their life-size excavated trench.
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