Prehistoric Monuments in the Southwest
This chapter briefly describes the most important prehistoric sites in the Southwest. It lists the national monuments and parks according to states (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah) and alphabetically within each state. Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is just off State Highway 87/287 on the northern edge of Coolidge, about 20 miles northeast of Casa Grande. Navajo National Monument consists of three Ancestral Puebloan cliff villages, only two of which are now open to the public. Tonto National Monument is located east of Phoenix, below Theodore Roosevelt Lake. Tuzigoot National Monument is located a few miles northwest of Cottonwood. Wupatki National Monument, with a number of prehistoric sites, is located about 25 miles north of Flagstaff. Mesa Verde National Park is located in the high plateau country of the southwestern corner of Colorado. Aztec Ruins National Monument is located in the northwestern corner of New Mexico off US Highway 550 about one mile northwest of Aztec.