TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - After an extensive upgrade to the air conditioning and electrical systems, the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument has reopened to the public, this happened last weekend on August 10.
Some artifacts are currently not on display and as such, there will be no admission collected until all artifacts are on back on display, according to officials with the National Park Service.
The park film will continue to be shown in the theater and rangers will be available for orientation and questions. By the third week in August all testing of new systems should be complete and artifacts will be returned to their displays and fees will once again be collected.
Western National park store will return to its regular location at the front of the visitor center. New sales items and designer flutes have been added to the store inventory.
“System upgrades were very overdue,” said Acting Park Superintendent Diana Mills, “we did not want to compromise safety by continuing with hazardous wiring and often malfunctioning air conditioning. Although this renovation did not include adding to displays or changing the exhibits it does provide a basic infrastructure for such actions in the future.”
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument protects the multi-story ‘Great House' and the ruins of other ancient structures built by the people of the Sonoran Desert over 800 years ago. Established as the nation's first archeological reserve in 1892, the Ruins sparked the beginning of the archeological preservation movement in America.
The Monument is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Directions and additional information are available on the Monument's website,
, or by calling (520) 723-3172.