From about 300 AD to 1200 AD, Snaketown was a thriving village, inhabited by as many as 2,000 Hohokam. These ancient people carved a living out of the desert with pit houses and irrigation canals to cultivate beans, maize, squash, corn, cotton and fruits.
The Gila Pueblo Foundation excavated Snaketown in the 1930s and 1960s, discovering during the work that the Hohokam represented a major cultural group in the Southwest and were strongly influenced by Mexican cultures. These Mexican cultures brought the idea of “urban style” living to the Hohokam, which resulted in the Hohokam people building homes around a central plaza instead of homes scattered around the region.
The Hohokam Pima National Monument is under ownership of the Gila River Indian Reservation and is not open to the public. There is no public access.
Visitors interested in ruins are welcome to visit Casa Grande National Monument, just over a half hour drive from Hohokam Pima National Monument.
The Hohokam Pima National Monument’s location near Phoenix provides a number of choices for accommodation, including hotels, resorts, bed-and-breakfasts, and camping.
The Hohokam Pima National Monument is not open to the public.