Archaeological sites hold plenty of potential for visitors interested in history and science, but in many cases there's a bonus: the physical settings, structures and even the artifacts themselves can make great subjects for some truly beautiful photographs. In "The Ancient Southwest: A Guide to Archaeological Sites," author Gregory McNamee and photographer Larry Lindahl join forces to produce a readable, informative and visually appealing guide to fifty such sites in the American Southwest.
As with Mesa Verde National Park, much of the backcountry at Casa Grande National Monument in Arizona normally is closed to the public to protect the artifacts. However, in March rangers will be leading special tours to some of the sites in celebration of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month.
Are you a snowbird enjoying the mild winters, if you could call them that, in Arizona? If so, you might want to head for Casa Grande Ruins National Monument this weekend for the Second Annual American Indian Musical Fest.