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History buffs love Arizona, and it’s easy to see why. Not only is the state home to hundreds of Native American sites steeped in rich history and culture, but it’s also where you’ll find countless forts, homes, missions, courthouses and entire city districts that offer an incredible dose of history.
Whether you’re a fan of ancient cultures, Wild West outposts, Victorian mansions or mid-century modern resorts, you’ll find it in Arizona – as well as a variety of museums and monuments where artifacts and histories live on in the form of educational displays and interactive exhibits.
Search our complete list of historic places in Arizona below.
Architect Merritt Hudson Starkweather designed this resort for Arizona’s first U.S. Congresswoman, Isabella Greenway. Built in 1930, the Inn is still owned and operated by its founding family and continues to fulfill its original mission as a sop
Experience the flavor of the Old West by visiting the historic Copper Queen and Winchester's Restaurant. The hotel was built in 1902 during the mining boom days when Bisbee was the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco; yet this hotel offers
The museum is adjacent to the school grounds and is located in the historic Coconino County hospital, a 1908 building made of tufa stone. Operated by the Pioneers Society of Arizona, this facility has artifacts pertaining to pioneer life in Arizona.
Experience the rich heritage of rural southern Arizona and see what Casa Grande looked like in 1879 when the railroad ended here.
Located in the Historic Clemenceau School in the Upper Verde River Valley, the museum specializes in early history of Verde Valley, its mining industry, farming and ranching.
DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is a legendary landmark of Southwestern art and architecture created by the late Arizona artist Ted DeGrazia. On the National Register of Historic Places, the 10-acre gallery grounds showcase DeGrazia originals, the MissionFort Huachuca was established in 1877 as a temporary camp near the Huachuca Mountains, and today as the home for the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School. The Fort Huachuca Museum features military and Indian artifacts, photos and dioramas covering th
Although the park is mostly dedicated to illustrating the military history of Arizona, a self-guided, signed trail leads to a prehistoric Hohokam village called the Hardy site. The same trail also leads to some of the fort’s historic buildings.
A National Historic Landmark, the old adobe ranch house has been restored along with several outbuildings. Visitors can tour the icehouse, wash house, granary, commissary, and a car shed to understand about life in southern Arizona at the turn of the 2The Sirrine House is Mesa’s only fully restored, Victorian era home. Period furnishings and artifacts provide visitors a perspective on life in Mesa in the early 1900s.Constructed in 1880, the restored interiors of this adobe home reflect the life of a wealthy Tucson family in the 1800sOpened on March 20, 2005, the 125th anniversary of the arrival of the railroad in Tucson, the Museum presents the impact of the railroad on Tucson and Southern Arizona.The permanent collection displays art of the Americas, including pre-Columbian and Spanish colonial paintings and furnishings. Guided tours are offered of the historic block.Read the epitaphs as you wander through this small cemetery that is a tourist destination visitors pay to enter. (The real Boothill cemetery is nearby and free).
El Tovar is perhaps the most distinguished accommodation offered within Grand Canyon National Park. Located 20 feet from the South Rim, this rustic lodge with a large porch offers thrilling views of the canyon and wonderful people-watching opportunitie
Fort Bowie tells the story of the conflict between the Chiricahua Apaches and the U.S. Army.Established in 1907, the five-story Gadsdsen Hotel at one time epitomized the glamour of the Old West. The lobby is considered one of the most opulent early 20th century public areas in Arizona.
Prescott residents raised the money to build the four-story hotel to attract Phoenix tourists who wanted to escape the summer heat. It was designed by one of the Southwest’s most distinguished architects, Henry Trost, and opened in 1927.
Here, in 1881, the Earp brothers, Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan, along with their friend Doc Holliday, faced off against the Clanton and McLaury gang.Now restored and used as the City Hall of Willcox, the depot was built in 1881 and is the only surviving original on-site passenger depot that is still extant on the southern transcontinental route through Arizona.The Strawberry Schoolhouse is the oldest schoolhouse in Arizona still standing on its original site.This Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church was established and dedicated on January 1, 1881. The mining camps in those days attracted people from Serbia, Italy, Spain, Ireland,etc. This Church was built to meet the religious and spiritual needs of
In the Nogales, the last U.S. border frontier, reside the 1904 Santa Cruz County Court House featuring two museums, and the 1914 Nogales City Hall featuring the Pimeria Alta Historical Museum. The 1.7 miles of Historic Nogales contains structures of th
The name "Tombstone" is world-famous for the Earps, the cowboys and the "gunfight at the OK Corral." The Tombstone Livery Stable and Chuckwagon is a horse boarding and training facility that offers mounted shooting competitions and a cowboy actio
On the National Register of Historic Places, Colossal Cave Mountain Park is a 2,400-acre desert park. The Park showcases Colossal Cave and La Posta Quemada Ranch, a 128-year-old working ranch.
Colossal Cave was officially "discovered" in 1879,<Hadji Ali (Hi Jolly) came from his native Syria as a camel driver after Naval Lieutenant Edward Fitzgerald Beale convinced Secretary of War Jefferson Davis to authorize the formation of the Camel Military Corps in 1853. The monument marks Hi Jolly's grave
Cottage style rooms. Authentic Railroad Cabooses. Each sleeps a family of 5. Railcar has 3 separate motel rooms. RV park now open.Brigham City, the restoration site of a fort built by Mormon pioneers, was established in 1876 by 20 Mormon families and 15 bachelors from Salt Lake City.Elden Pueblo is a partly excavated archaeological village that was probably inhabited from A.D. 1070 to 1275. The ruin includes rooms, mounds, small pueblos, pithouses and other features.Hubbell Trading Post is the oldest continuously operating trading post on the Navajo Nation.Today, the non-profit Western National Parks Association maintains the trading traditions established by the Hubbell family. The trading post continues to sell higThis 1884 log cabin was relocated to Main Street in Taylor and is being restored by the Taylor/Shumway Heritage Foundation. The cabin gives visitors a perspective on the harsh conditions of pioneer life in 19th century Arizona.
To view the rock art, visitors can drive to the rim of the canyon and take a short hike to the bottom, or use the observation deck on the rim. Visitors can also stay at the ranch, which is an Old West setting, and enjoy steak fry and cowboy music.Completed in 1904, the Shumway School in Taylor is the only brick one-room school still standing in Arizona.Eat at over 8000 feet
The Castle Dome Mines Museum is located 30 miles north of Yuma in the ghost town of Castle Dome. Once a thriving industrial town bustling with more than 3,000 inhabitants, Castle Dome is now a deserted town-turned-museum filled with rich Arizona histor
The Wrigley Mansion is a breathtaking landmark located atop a hill above the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix. Built in 1932 by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr., the mansion sits atop a 100-foot knoll with commanding views of the mountains and the city
Discover this historic five-story Native American dwelling carved out of an ancient limestone cliff with twenty rooms. Begun during the twelfth century, it took about three centuries to complete.
Widely considered the finest example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States, San Xavier is used daily by the Tohono O’odham Indians who live and worship in this district.
Shallow caves shelter nearly 700-year-old masonry dwellings at Tonto National Monument. These well-preserved ruins were home for three centuries to the Salado people.
The AHS Museum in Papago Park focuses on the history of central Arizona with special emphasis on the 20th century. Exhibits relate to impact of water; and a special gallery is devoted to the Home Front during World War II.
In this park find evidence of earliest canals, dug by hand by Hohokam Indians who lived in central Arizona until A.D. 1450.
Historic Heritage Square is a striking remnant of Phoenix’s Victorian past.
Douglas, a 100-year-old copper mine boom town, has 335 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.
The El Presidio Historic District in Tucson, is a residential neighborhood containing adobe and brick buildings in the Spanish-Mexican, Anglo-American and Eclectic architectural styles.
A scenic outdoor museum, with colorful panels that explain the importance of the Yuma Crossing National Historic Landmark.
The reservation is surrounded by a wonderland of historic recreation and geological sights including Pipe Spring National Monument and Vermillion Cliffs.
This limestone sink was a water source for the Sinagua and Hohokam people who lived and farmed in this area thousands of years ago. Traces of their ancient irrigation ditches may be seen in the picnic area.
Navajo Nation lands extend into the states of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Navajo Nation operates on Daylight Savings Time from April to October. The rest of Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time.
Built in 1894, Rosson House was designed by the 74 year old architect Alexander P. Petit and is one of the few homes left in the original Phoenix town site.
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The "Big House” is one of the largest and most mysterious prehistoric structures ever built in North America. While its original use is still debated by scholars, it is the only four-story Native American ruin structure in the U.S. It dates to A.Created out of recycled materials and found objects, Boyce Luther Gulley built a unique “sand castle” in the desert. Eventually that castle consisted of 18 rooms. Gulley worked on the house until his death in 1945.The wedding cake shaped home was designed and built by Alessio Carraro who created it as a centerpiece hotel to attract home buyers to his new development.
Located in a 1,500 year-old Hohokam village ruin in Phoenix, the museum has been dedicated to the study and interpretation of the Hohokam culture for more than 70 years.
Alamo Lake State Park is one of the best places to fish for bass in Arizona. The crystal clear lake is surrounded by mountainous terrain speckled with brush, wildflowers and cacti making for a visually pleasing experience. The area has good wildlife viewing opportunities, and you may even spot a bald or golden eagle during your time here.
Called the “Land of Standing Up Rocks” by the Apache Indians, Chiricahua National Monument envelops almost 12,000 acres of Arizona nature. Located in Southern Arizona, near the town of Willcox, Arizona, and around 90 miles from Tucson, travelers come from all over to experience this site of unique rock formations and Arizona history.
One of the greatest dams of its day and an Arizona landmark, the Hoover Dam is situated in Black Canyon between Arizona and Nevada on U.S. 93, around half an hour from Las Vegas, at the bottom of Lake Mead. Filled with history and a colossal view, the Hoover Dam makes for an awe-inspiring stop on your Arizona sightseeing trip.
Less than 800 years ago, Wupatki Pueblo was the largest pueblo around. It flourished for a time as a meeting place of different cultures. Yet this was one of the warmest and driest places on the Colorado Plateau, offering little obvious food, water, or comfor
Castle Hot Springs, sometimes referred to as the "grand dowager" of Arizona resorts, is located just 55 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix in a valley surrounded by the rocky cliffs and crags of the Bradshaw Mountains.
American Indians, Mormon pioneers, plants, animals and others have depended on the life-giving water found at Pipe Spring. Learn about the lives of both the Kaibab Paiutes and the pioneers at the Visitor Center and Museum, take a guided tour of an historic fort, witness living history demonstrations, or simply meander at your own pace around the grounds.
Prescott’s tree-lined Courthouse Plaza is the pivot around which the town was designed and built. Today, quaint boutiques, fantastic restaurants and an eclectic array of galleries featuring local, regional and national artists surround this famous landmark.
This is the largest known petroglyph site in the Verde Valley, as well as the best-preserved. Acquired by the Coconino National Forest in 1994, the site is protected and kept open to the visiting public for their enjoyment and opportunity to learn more about our national cultural heritage.
Originally home to the Hisat'sinom (known to archaeologists as the Anasazi) in the 14th century, the Homolovi Ruins is now a center of research and preservation of Native American migration.
McFarland State Historic Park has re-opened as a state park and Visitor Center, and is operated by the Florence Main Street Program and the Town of Florence . Exhibits focus on the period of pre-statehood in Arizona. The museum is housed in a seven-room adobe structure that was built in 1878 as a courthouse.
Architect Charles E. Whittlesey designed this elaborate duplex mansion for the Riordan brothers, their wives and children. The 40-room home was built in 1904 and is among the best examples of Craftsman-style architecture in the state.
The Courthouse, built in 1882, contains exhibits with antiques and artifacts describing life in Tombstone in the 1880s.
The Quartermaster Depot now preserved at Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park was used by the U.S. Army to store and distribute supplies to military posts in Arizona, Nevada, Ut
As Arizona Territory's first prison, Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park is rich with Old West lore and Arizona history. In the prison's 33 years of operation, a total of 3,069 prisoners, including 29 women, lived within the prison.
Located in the Fort Apache Historic Park, Nohwike’ Bágowa (House of Our Footprints) is the place to experience Apache history and culture. Housed in a modern facility constructed to reflect a gowa, our traditional holy home, the cultural center and museum is committed to the celebration and perpetuation of the Apache heritage.
Visit Tuzigoot National Monument and witness the incredible legacy of a people who live in the Verde Valley 1,000 years ago.