“Occupied for 200 years; mysteriously abandoned 1400 A.D.”
Casa Malpais, or "House of the Badlands", is surrounded by unusual beauty on a rim of volcanic rock overlooking the Little Colorado River's Round Valley. A breathtaking view of the White Mountains lies to the south. The museum and field laboratory are open for visitation, and guided tours are available by contacting the museum.
From the website:
Casa Malpais is a late Mogollon site that dates back to about 1260. It is situated on a basalt lava flow. The site features an ancient staircase, a Great Kiva, a solar calendar, and rock art. The museum features an introductory video with commentary by Zuni and Hopi elders and an interactive guide to artifacts from the site.
The site may be visited through guided tours only, and these begin at the museum. The tour is a two-hour, 3/4-mile hike on steep, rocky surfaces. Good shoes and bottled water are strongly recommended.
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Casa Malpais Archaeological Park & Museum
- Mon - Sat: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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