Casa Grande Ruins and National Monument Columbia University's Biosphere 2

Coolidge, Arizona

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This day trip takes you “back to the future” with a full day of touring an ancient Native American ruin and then a space-age environment. As you approach Coolidge you will come to the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, an eleven-room, eleven-family, 600-apartment building built by the ancient Hohokam and Pueblo Indian farmers. This structure was constructed of hardened mud blocks that are 5 feet long, 2 feet high, and 4 feet thick. Columbia University has taken over Biosphere 2 and added a new educational and research dimension to this project. The university offers degree study programs and conferences on the site. The Earth Exploration Program joins Biosphere 2 Center scientists and Columbia University faculty and other leading educators and researchers meet with visitors to provide stimulating educational experiences at this self-contained, simulated “world.”

Casa Grande Ruins and National Monument Columbia University's Biosphere 2 Professional Review and Guide

"This day trip takes you “back to the future” with a full day of touring an ancient Native American ruin and then a space-age environment. As you approach Coolidge you will come to the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, an eleven-room, eleven-family, 600-apartment building built by the ancient Hohokam and Pueblo Indian farmers. This structure was constructed of hardened mud blocks that are 5 feet long, 2 feet high, and 4 feet thick.

Columbia University has taken over Biosphere 2 and added a new educational and research dimension to this project. The university offers degree study programs and conferences on the site. The Earth Exploration Program joins Biosphere 2 Center scientists and Columbia University faculty and other leading educators and researchers meet with visitors to provide stimulating educational experiences at this self-contained, simulated “world.”"

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Coolidge
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Casa Grande Ruins and National Monument Columbia University's Biosphere 2

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May 2018