Casa Malpais Archaeological Park

Casa Malpais Archaeological Park

The Mogollan people occupied Casa Malpais, which means "House of the Badlands," for almost 200 years before leaving for good. While the view itself is extraordinary, the main attraction is the Great Kiva, or ceremonial chamber, constructed entirely of volcanic rock. A steep basalt staircase set into a crevice of the high red cliff wall leads to the top of the mesa. Visitors can stop by the Visitor's Center and Museum for background on the Mogollan people and then take a guided tour of the archaeological park.